“Numbers/Game”

I write this with the full understanding that less than 15% of anyone reading it can properly interpret the content. I’m presently listening to the CBS show Face the Nation, and the various stories and conversations being broadcast to whoever is watching. The underlying messages being portrayed through this particular broadcast are consistent with any of the similar presentations from any source. These presentations need to capture your attention first and foremost, but they also must spark something within you to maintain your focus, and inspire you to return for more.  

  “Do you think this happens unintentionally...?” 

From the top of the organization to the very bottom, these productions are painstakingly formulated to elicit precisely what I’ve described. Watch me, embrace me, fall in love with our connection. Oh, by the way the reward is absolutely not in the satisfaction of enlightening the audience. The bigger the audience, the larger the payday from the advertisers. Marketing capital has no shame in chasing its effectiveness.  

  “Are you shocked by this revelation...?” 

This entire circumstance is all about the numbers involved. Statistics and their subsequent predictive properties drive the entire agenda forward. Your participation at any level helps to support its existence. Once you feel something more than your mind can substantiate, the hook is set. Your attention, reaction, and subsequent behavior becomes the fuel to power this highly complex social machine. What’s in the best interest of your counterparts overrides what’s in the best interest of everyone, or even the majority. 

  “Trump is all the evidence you need...!” 

Ideology binds people like nothing else ever has. In the absence of logical thought processing, the emotional bindings of ideology take the lead.  



White alone 76.6%

Black or African American alone, percent 13.4%

American Indian and Alaska Native alone, percent 1.3%

Asian alone, percent 5.8%

Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone, percent 0.2%

Two or More Races, percent 2.7%

Hispanic or Latino, percent 18.1%

White alone, not Hispanic or Latino, percent 60.7%

 

These are the U.S. Census Bureau’s numbers as of July 2018. Inciting the right group with the message for your agenda does matter, but targeting the sufficient population to gain control of the outcome is a totally different approach. Whatever White Alone wants matters statically more than all other groups combined. If all the viewers of the CBS programming this morning leaned in the same direction, it wouldn’t be enough to lock down an agenda or idea. The number is too low to persuade an outcome for a majority. 

  “No...this is absolutely not about racism “ 

This is about resisting the idea of belonging to a group of individuals following an ideology or its agenda. It’s how we arrived at this mess in the first place. So much attention has been given to the minority aspects of the population, but statistically they don’t carry enough weight to overcome an organized majority. Political strategists work tirelessly on patching together smaller networks of sub-majority influences. Sadly, those watching through the lens of the various media outlets are being manipulated into believing there’s some truth behind their hopes. Opinions are fired with laser precision to strategically push your buttons. 

  “That’s not me you’re describing...I’m smarter than that...!” 

Studies show that only 15% of adults 16 years of age and older are proficient with their functional literacy, meaning somewhere around 50% of those same adults lack the capacity to untangle their emotional status from a logical assessment of this dynamic. The 35% with the capacity to expand themselves upward to the ability to properly dissect this entrapment are so confident their perspectives are spot on, they don’t invest the efforts to improve their proficiency.  

  “Highly organized groups are no match for poorly informed individuals...!” 

Anthropologists suggest 75% of all human communication is gossip and hearsay. Try arguing rule of thumb gossip against scientific research. That world is still flat and motivated by the movement of the sun around us. While the printed word has lifted nearly everyone to some extent, it’s also carved out this great divide.  

  “Hope lies within the worlds preschoolers...!” 

Every 2 year old holds the key to formidable change. The capacity to learn to become a part of that 15% is exponentially greater within the brain of that 2 year old versus any adult counterpart. Getting every 2 year old that opportunity to flourish is the absolute bottom line to this dilemma.  

 

 Question:

How much money does the United States spend on public elementary and secondary schools?

Response:

Total expenditures for public elementary and secondary schools in the United States in 2014–15 amounted to $668 billion, or $13,119 per public school student enrolled in the fall (in constant 2016–17 dollars).1 Total expenditures included $11,734 per student in current expenditures, which includes salaries, employee benefits, purchased services, tuition, and supplies. Total expenditures also included $1,029 per student in capital outlay (expenditures for property and for buildings and alterations completed by school district staff or contractors) and $356 for interest on school debt. (a)

 $668,000,000,000.00 public education spending/$20,000,000,000,000.00 Total US economy = .0334 or 3.34%

Breaking out for pre-school: 

Using nationally representative data from the 2016 Early Childhood Program Participation Survey I calculate hourly and annualized prices for parents who purchase at least eight hours a week of center-based care for a child under five who does not have a disability and do so without outside financial help in paying the fees.  The results are analyzed by age of child, region of country, parental education, parental income, and hours of attendance.

For the country as a whole, the median price for a family with the characteristics described above is $8,320 a year and $5.31 an hour.  Families spend somewhat more in the Northeast and West, and somewhat less in the South and Midwest.(b)

  ”Statistically speaking...we don’t seem to care about early childhood development?” 

No one seems to acknowledge this difficiency in developing well rounded adults from our children. I haven’t seen a single piece on any media outlet, or read a single article in any publication, or heard any conversation in any service organization. It appears adults focus nearly all their attention to their present adult problems that all exist because of the lack of an adequate supply of people with the capacity to create change. Greatest, best, most advanced...not even! 

 

  #change 

 

(a)  https://nces.ed.gov/fastfacts/display.asp?id=66

(b)https://www.brookings.edu/research/what-is-the-market-price-of-daycare-and-preschool/  

“Better/Man”

Every adventure helps to enhance a better version of me. We never fail to meet and engage new people along the way. I was reminded that listening to the stories of others lives helps merge you into their realities. We connect by the questions we ask and not so much by the unprompted statements we broadcast. I find myself reflecting clearer after I’ve immersed my reality into the perspectives of those around me. I suppose one needs to have this understanding to push beyond the limits of the egos confinement’s. Engage, embrace, and enjoy appears to be the path I’ve discovered through all of my travels.  

 

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We can only grow by pushing our boundaries beyond what feels comfortable. We can only truly evaluate ourselves through the perspectives of those around us. We can only realize peace by settling these two paradigms. Reaching out to others through your attention to their reflections of what’s in their hearts and on their minds. Often times it’s the story they wear and not the story they tell that’s weighing on them. Embracing them with your comforting touch absent of the judgement they fear. 

 

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I suppose that if you’re going to give a shit, you should be ready to make a difference in this world. All too often, the motivation comes from attaining something for yourself. It doesn’t feel quite as bad, if you share a little piece with your family, but generally that is secondary in the hierarchy of incentives for us. All those people piled up at the bottom of the socioeconomic pyramid hunger to have stuff in their lives too, numbing the sting of not having a clear path to prosperity.

 

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Hope is what’s left for those who can’t see their imagination come to life. The view through your feelings is clouded with the distortion of the effects of your emotional entrapment. Just as the planets bend the light with their gravity, ones thoughts get skewed by those undeniable feelings. Peace and comfort only exist when you can precisely calculate the arc of that bend to identify where things will land for you.  

 

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  #love