Thursday, April 16, 2009

Personal Responsibility trumps this...

Got an e-mail recently--thanks to friends who send e-mails--entitled "Socialism made simple." Although this does apply to socialism, I have been thinking about how it applies to our emergency preparedness mindset, and how our views on personal responsibility will affect how well any/all of us will make it through an emergency. Said e-mail, with limited editing by yours truly:


Socialism made simple

Don't know if this is true or not, but it's an interesting teaching process and a point well made.


An economics professor at Texas Tech said he had never failed a single student before but had, once, failed an entire class. That class had insisted that socialism worked and that no one would be poor and no one would be rich, a great equalizer. The professor then said ok, we will have an experiment in this class on socialism..

All grades would be averaged and everyone would receive the same grade so no one would fail and no one would receive an A. After the first test the grades were averaged and everyone got a B. The students who studied hard were upset and the students who studied little were happy. But, as the second test rolled around, the students who studied little had studied even less and the ones who studied hard decided they wanted a free ride too; so they studied little..The second test average was a D! No one was happy. When the 3rd test rolled around the average was an F.

The scores never increased as bickering, blame, name calling all resulted in hard feelings and no one would study for the benefit of anyone else.


All failed, to their great surprise, and the professor told them that socialism would also ultimately fail because when the reward is great,the effort to succeed is great; but when government takes all the reward away; no one will try or want to succeed.

Could not be any simpler than that....


So, what does this have to do with emergency preparation? I worry that some people think that there will always be someone else to meet their needs in an emergency,that there are those-- like the students in the story who studied hard for the first test---will have worked hard enough on emergency preparations that they will have enough to carry everyone else through whatever emergency comes along. Even if that were true, it would only last through a first emergency, if that, just like such benefits only existed for the first test in the story. I also think, that like those hard workers in the story, those who had to carry everyone else wouldn't appreciate having to do so.

Then, there is the fact that even if someone else has the supplies that you need in an emergency, they may not be able to get them to you in a timely fashion. If you think of any of the huge disasters that have happened in recent years, you may find that relief may have come, but for many it was not immediate relief. If you have even a little to tide you over until relief comes, it may make a huge difference when you are dealing with an emergency. That's one reason why even if you can only afford a little bit at a time when it comes to emergency supplies, every little bit helps...

Um, yeah, this isn't a political blog--but I thought the connection between the ideas presented in the e-mail and ideas about emergency preparation might illustrate how important it is for each of us to get prepared individually--here's hoping. And the greatest part about it is that we still have some time to "study" and all get A's, or at least a much higher grade than an F, if we work on our preparations.....

8 comments:

Kymber said...

What a great post Marie!!! and your take on how it applies to emergency preparedness is right on! Thanks for this one!

Now i am off to study - i want an A!!!

Marie said...

Kymber--I have a lot to learn from you--if you don't have an A yet, I would imagine that you're pretty close. Here's hoping everyone wants an A--thanks so much for your comment!

Sondra said...

Wow!! Fabulous post. It is a great example and easy way to explain socialism. It amazes me how many people think socialism will work - I just shake my head. Great post and thanks for sharing your wisdom! (I fell onto you site by accident - or divine intervention - LoL)

Lorrie said...

Super article! I totally agree.

I am often amazed and somewhat disgusted by the attitudes of people. So many of us feel that it is up to someone else (usually the government) to bail us out instead of taking the time and making the effort to plan and prepare for ourselves in an emergency situation. Of course at times the situation can get beyond our abilities to deal with as individuals, but a little effort to prepare ahead could make the difference between an emergency situation and a "disaster".

Like they say - "If you fail to prepare then be prepared to fail."

Marie said...

Sondra--Thanks for your kind words--I visited your blog and see that you are in Idaho! Don't be surprised to see your blog listed on the Idaho blog list, and if you would like to send something to be posted in a comment, I'll credit it to you and publish it as a post and not a comment, if you like. In any case, thanks for your comment!

Lorrie--You make a good point--it's hard to prepare for absolutely everything that could happen, and there may be times that we need help from others. I just hope that everyone will do what they can within their means (which can vary greatly) so that everyone can get through an emergency as well as possible. You can only do what you can do, but everyone can do something, even if it's only gather free information at a library--that could turn out to be a very valuable commodity.... Thanks for your comment--hope no one prepares to fail!

Sondra said...

Marie, I was wondering if I could get your permission to copy this explanation and post it on my blog. Of course I would put your link next to it. I've been thinking how brilliant this was all day and would like to share it with my friends and family. BTW - I'd be please if you put my blog on the Idaho Blog List.
Thanks! Sondra

Benjamin Franklin said...

"Without continual growth and progress, such words as improvement, achievement, and success have no meaning."

Marie said...

Sondra--Feel free to use it--the professor/student portion was in an e-mail I received with no author attached, or I would give credit...Your blog has been added!

Benjamin Franklin--Well said!