Playing the Percentages

47% plus of those individuals who comprise American society pay no taxes and are reliant upon the government for the basic necessities of life by receiving some form of federal aid.

These are facts produced and provided by the government itself.

We can be drawn to several different conclusions about this situation.

One possible option is that those who control government believe that certain human beings do not have the cognitive skills and abilities necessary to survive in a modern, technological, age and, therefore, must be cared for; like a shepherd tends a flock. The bell curve — they believe — is static, not dynamic. These people will never be successful. You are doomed to your level of intelligence – or lack thereof.

Another possible option could be that the government — particularly the governing power — believes that it can maintain its grip on that power by simply placating these people, much like the ancient Romans did in providing tribute to the barbarians in an effort to stave off invasion, anarchy, and chaos. The 47% are then docile and under control.

Another possibility is that the leadership  (e.g., religious, political, racial, ethnic, or cultural) of the 47% constantly informs the 47% that they have no hope of improvement, no pathway to success, no opportunities to succeed and — given this mindset — the 47% then simply settles back to be looked after, devoid of all hope. Yet they still spend their government money (usually with businesses aligned with the ruling elite) and they still vote. The bell curve, though, is dynamic, not static, and anyone within the 47% can improve themselves and succeed in life – if they try. If they can muster the necessary will in the face of the constant propaganda of their own leaders.

A final possibility is that certain people have recognized the intrinsic weakness of any Democracy – which is that the majority does indeed rule. And, if you manipulate the people by creating dependencies, division, envy, and strife, you can direct the ire of the 47% plus toward those who have achieved hard-earned success in the society. “From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs” sounds so compassionate, so caring, so progressive — and yet it is simply communism.

In the scenario outlined above, there are political interests intent only on power and they will gradually attempt to push that 47% figure up to 51%. A voting majority. You then have – much like a cancer — succeeded in overwhelming the host. State control. The Collective. The Hive. The Commune. Mediocrity. More takers than producers. Chaos.

Finally — there are those who tend to think that every person who is in business is evil. They have allowed the corporate greed of the few to taint the many. The unrestrained pursuit of profit without morality and ethics is evil. Enlightened capitalism, conducted within the boundaries set by morality and ethics, can achieve great things — but only if the dream of such great things is not vilified by those who seek only to manipulate and control the 47% plus to their advantage. Profit is not evil — but improper pathways to reach it are.

You have to decide which of these situations is true – and in which percentage you find yourself.

The most important thing, however, is what you think your government believes. Their actions will speak volumes — listen carefully.

–E