“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/  

“Human/Trafficking”

This topic rose to my attention this morning from my wife reading a news blurb on that book of faces about sex trafficking on the rise in our area. The article attributed this to the local branches of the gang culture. I’m not so naive to be surprised by this commentary, yet appalled nevertheless. The majority of all the negative aspects of a culture and society are inexplicably linked through their correlation to lack of education and the subsequent poverty surrounding that circumstance. That’s not the case in this scenario, the underlying precipice for this issue lies beneath the cultural disconnect of an over diversity within the region. Generally speaking, diversity improves any society, but at the margin it’s significantly more volatile. There hasn’t been sufficient curing time for the vast arrays of influences to fully meld into something more refined. Unfortunately, the disparities of those seeking to improve their lives has more of a social presence than their cultural benefits. 

 

 

Human trafficking has been an Achilles heel to mankind for as long as civilization has existed. Exploitation of another persons life against their choices is the most fundamental tragedy of our entire story. It boggles my mind to know this total disregard for the value of another humans consciousness has somehow slipped through the cracks of all the social advances we’ve experienced as a species. While officially outlawed in every country worldwide, the underlying issue remains present to this day

 

  “While slavery was institutionally recognized by most societies, it has now been outlawed in all recognized countries, the last being Mauritania in 2007. Nevertheless, there are an estimated 45.8 million people subject to some form of modern slavery worldwide. The most common form of the slave trade is now commonly referred to as human trafficking. Chattel slavery is also still practiced by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. In other areas, slavery (or unfree labour) continues through practices such as debt bondage, the most widespread form of slavery today,

(serfdom, domestic servants kept in captivity, certain adoptions in which children are forced to work as slaves, child soldiers, and forced marriage.)”

~Wikipedia~ 

 

Knowing this still exists even in what’s considered one of the most advanced societies in the world suggests it may be more prevalent than the above number suggests. These are human lives we’re talking about here. It fully re-enforces that gratitude I realize for the life I have. It also drives within me the urge to try and make things better. I’m not exactly sure how that looks, but it has to start with telling a story of hope and getting more children better access to high quality early childhood development. There can be no better future without more children being developed into better adults.

 

 

The message is clear, yet not compelling enough to garner the right attention. There needs to be a delivery method that ties all the inequality to those children, and not the overbearing ideology clouding the vision for change. The children of our planet need a voice to be heard, not drowned out by the buerocracy of the elite ruling mechanisms of nation, state, and religion. A voice so loud and clear that every generation hears it resonate with their particular disposition. No matter what the culturally  biased obstacles may be. All humans want their children to have some sort of chance at life, they simply down understand what that modern opportunity looks like. 

 

 

  #hope