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30 Picture this
Let us eliminate bicycle theft by
producing so many bicycles that nobody will perceive stealing a
bicycle as an increase in wealth. We remove the motive by
reducing to zero the marginal value of one more bicycle.
The larger economy benefits from a
similar pattern. One American living in Denmark was willing to
pay 70% income tax because it bought him a peaceful life in a
friendly environment. When I lived in Switzerland, I twice
recovered my umbrella after accidentally leaving it on a train.
That involved identifying the train and the approximate location
on the train, along with choosing at which station I wanted to
pick it up. Even Bicycles and cameras did not require being
locked up. Obviously, the populace at large lived content without
purloining the belongings of others.
Europeans do not claim to know
everything. They remain capable of progress based on hundreds of
years of diversity and work ethic. The deadliest attitude would
be to claim perfection and abandon trying to improve.
I tell this story to motivate searching
for better ways. Instead of stoking discontent over what is
wrong, I encourage envisioning what is better. Sadly, my vision
is usually met with resistance: “that can never be” and “that has
already been tried and discarded.” I respond with another story.
I remember vividly a movie scene from prior decades in which a
medical doctor starting an emergency blood transfusion explained
“sometimes this doesn’t take.” In our time, blood typing has
essentially eliminated the risk he was describing. Scientific
advancements reduce risk of failure.
Therefore, I continue promulgating my
vision of sharing. Naysayers dismiss it as communism that has
already failed, because they do not understand it. Fellow
visionaries, read on so that our next attempted kindness will
avoid the pitfalls of ignorance.
My question is always “do you want
this improvement?” Answering “yes” is the first step of the
journey. As long as we scientifically evaluate and direct our
progress, failure to achieve is no more than failure of will.
Realizing a common vision rewards the effectiveness of our
science as we desire something together.
I call us to positive mental attitude:
Let us focus on hope for that which is not yet, so that we
will not try to overcome violence, including poverty, by cursing
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