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NOTICE: A better version of this chapter is Chapter 24 – A New Kind of Friend Group of the book Thumoslang on the Run.

One of the most creative terms in Thumoslang is bongo. Bongos in English are an Afro-Cuban percussion instrument consisting of a pair of small open-bottomed hand drums of different sizes. They also refer to a herd of antelopes. In Thumoslang, a bongo is an affectionate name for a wealth-building friend group (WBFG). The following sequence of Thumoslang thumbnail definitions should help.

  • Service; that means, deliberate assistance.
  • Benefit; that means, service to others.
  • Gain; that means, received benefits.
  • Income; that means, spendable gains.
  • Wealth; that means, passive income.
  • Bongo; that means, a wealth-building friend group.

WBFG is not a single-purpose group such as a chess club. When its members lose interest in chess, they no longer want to do things with the chess club. Furthermore, a WBFG is not an investment club either. The latter is a group of people who pool their money to make investments. In contrast, the former is a group of friends who pool their intelligence to create wealth from their empty hands.

The phrase, wealth-building friend group, is a mouthful with five syllables. Its abbreviation WBFG is even harder to pronounce, with six syllables. Neither the phrase nor its abbreviation is good enough in a prolonged discussion that often brings up the concept of a WBFG. Nickantony Quach and Alec Mustafayev saw the issue in an extended discussion of theirs during the last days of 2021. That’s why they used the term “bongo” as an affectionate name for a WBFG.

A bongo is a new kind of friend group. Its mission is to build wealth based on its members’ ideals. A bongo is a group of in-person friends whose mission is their ideals. It is the family you choose to have, complementing the family of your birth.

Before joining or forming a bongo, you must not have any skill or desire to learn. You only need to be yourself and desire to discover and develop your ideal self, the most essential objective of your life. Soon you will want to create a bongo, a group of in-person friends who will stick with you much longer than the local friends you lost over time. Building any group of friends as your social capital takes time and other resources. Along the way, why should you not be able to profit from such an investment?

By definition, you will never lose interest in your ideals. You may not completely understand them, but you always have personal ideals. You would never want to give up on your bongo because its mission is your ideals. That’s why a bongo is a better form of a friend group. Why else would you want to become one of its founders?

Because your parents did not focus on your ideals by nature, you spend less and less time with them but more and more time with your in-person yet momentary friends. Most of your in-person friends are momentary because they leave you as soon as they have a better opportunity elsewhere for their ideals. That’s why most of our friendships fade away in time.

We could never recover the cost of developing friendships in our youth. For one, we could never go back in time to give our youth a second chance. We could never replace the friends from our youth after we lose them over time. Building any group of friends as our social capital always takes time and other resources. Along the way, how could we profit from such investment in the long run? The next best hope is prevention; building a bongo is a preventive measure, a new approach to friendship.

At the start of 2022, Nickantony Quach, Alec Mustafayev, and Norman D. Baker formed the first WBFG known as Bongo One. All three are the authors of this nonfiction. It traces the growth of their group and thereby demonstrates the power of Thumoslang, the official language they use to conduct their meetings and make decisions.

As of this writing, Alec, born in 2002, and Norman, born in 1993, are still in their experimental stage of life. They want this textbook to help their peers go after their ideals as soon as possible. Teachers everywhere could also use it to help their students do the same.

Parents, teachers, and mentors can use this textbook to help their students minimize unwanted drama in their lives. In that way, they can go at the highest speed possible toward their ideals. If learners discovered how to focus their energy on their ideals, they would take the initiative to keep distractions at bay and pay more attention to the teaching material.

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