Saving for a cost

Behind every cost is a profit. Think about that for a second. It’s easy to visualize yourself walking into a party store, grabbing a stick of gum off the shelf, and then paying the clerk a couple bucks for it. We do not need an imaginative mind to make a connection between the cash that just came out of your pocket and some profit that is being generated for the party store.

  1. Raw base materials are farmed, mined, pumped, and factoried into existence for the purpose of sale.
  2. The Gumbo Gums company pays for ingredients, supplies, equipment, and personnel, using those things to create and package it’s gum.
  3. Gumbo Gums sells it’s products (ideally for more than they spent creating it) to millions of party store owners across the US, maybe even the world.
  4. Party store owners mark the price of the gum up one last time as a customer slaps their money on the counter and walks out the door with the desired juiciness nearly filling up their pocket with joy.

I apologize for the simplistic and yet somewhat detailed above explanation, but there is something I need you to understand. If it’s not hard for you to visualize the above scenario, then it shouldn’t be too far of a hop into the understanding that there is a profit behind every cost. When you hear staggering statistics about how much our government spends on various services, it’s never just as simple as that number. In 2015, the US spent 3.2 trillion dollars on healthcare. Yes, that’s 3.2 trillion dollar cost that would help a lot of people if it was safely reduced, but that’s also a combined 3.2 trillion dollars of pay for quite a lot of companies, companies that do not want to earn less profit. Use this line of thinking for things like welfare spending, infrastructure, agriculture, and every other topic that is brought up in the room. It really make a lot of sense that large companies, and large organizations of little companies, are willing to spend millions and billions of dollars for lobbyists to push political policies that are in their best interests.

One thing that is glaringly obvious about the great US of A is that we are deathly afraid of change. New jobs are heralded as steps in the right direction, while job loss creates a panic and feelings of unease. It’s difficult for us to stomach the idea that the way things are isn’t exactly as they should be, and while some inevitable changes can be delayed, they often snap back on our hands like the release of a taut rubber band, stinging our fingers with pain. Only then do we wonder why we held onto the rubber band for so long, only then does the 20/20 hindsight kick in towards a belief that this change has been long since overdue.  It’s easy for us to think events like the Civil War and World War II happened exactly when and as they should have, but nothing could be further from the truth. No, I’m not going to get into a history lesson, that is for you to disseminate.

If I say that the world needs a war or great depression in order to make the changes necessary for our longterm survival, people would think me heartless, perhaps even ignorant and evil. What I’ll say instead is that everyone needs to take a long hard look at their lives as they know them today. Find an area of your life that can be changed for the betterment of yourself, as well as the world, and make that change. If you are unable to find or make an effort towards such a change, then the first sentence of this paragraph is given more credence than any of us want to be true.

I’m not suggesting that everyone stop eating  steak or meat, but I’m going to leave you with one of my favorite allegories:

“Any one of us would give up eating steak for a day if we knew that such a simple action would save the life of a person we don’t know. Why is it then that so very few of us would give up stake for five years if we knew it would save 1,825 lives?”

If you’re thinking to yourself “I’m not really a steak person, I could totally do that for five years,” then you’ve completely missed the point.  Replace steak with chicken or fish or gummy bears or whatever it is you do like.

 

Talk more soon.

 

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