Statistics – Whatever You Want Them To Be

There is zero credibility in any statistic sited by any news organization at any time when they discuss national sentiment or any national statistic.

How do I know this?  Well, have you ever considered that it is impossible to actually garner a “true” sample size of the population unless you are gathering at least 25% of the people who exist in the country?  This would be over 76,000,000 people!  (I hope you are chuckling because that too is a bogus statistic.)  See how fun it is to say things and have people believe what you say?  There is no logic to this!

Yeah, you can talk to hundreds, or even thousands of people and get an “estimation”, but this doesn’t reflect millions of people.  It is impossible to account for every variable there may be, it is impossible to count on people speaking the truth, it is impossible to ask your question in a completely un-biased way.  Impossible.  You can guess, you can make estimations, but you cannot know for sure.

Statistics is an art, not a science.  Statistics is about how you can manipulate numbers and data to say something.  And then how you can find a vehicle or a means to relate that data to people.  How you accent the words, the numbers, the delivery – it is all like painting the picture that you want.  But it is art – highly subjective with zero credibility.

Have fun watching your news organization talk about the percentages of people who like or don’t like something.  Is it close to 50/50?  Is it close to 60/40?  Is it close to 70/30?  What does this mean?  Do you know who they actually talked to?  Do you know that those thousands of people may be the only ones answering the phone – not the millions of people who didn’t pick up?

Never, ever believe a poll or statistic.  Do your own fact-finding.  Talk to your neighbors.  Listen to your heart.  You will have a far better grasp on reality versus these people that try to create the picture of your reality.  Paint your own picture.  Imagine That!

To Stop Acting in Fear

Many civilizations have acted in fear and many people in positions of power have used fear to get what they want.

The very proposition that fear should be a part of making a decision is against human nature.  We, as humans, are not born with any sense of fear, our sense of fear is understood as we grow, mature, and learn.

What do decisions made in fear do?  I would argue that they cause us to make irrational decisions – against what is best for our own well-being as well as society as a whole.  Just imagine, if you weren’t scared of anything – what would you do?

I don’t want to be scared of our money supply.  I don’t want to be scared that I won’t have health care, social security, a retirement, a job, a life.  I don’t want to act in fear and I don’t want people in positions of power, whether corporations, insurance agencies, or our own federal government, to try to scare me into having them make decisions for me.  Acting in fear creates bad decisions.  If I was not fearful of my life in 20-30 years, and if I knew I had a sound money supply to work with, then anyone at any level “taking care of me” would seem obtuse.  It was not a hundred years ago that we were not too far from being relatively self-reliant souls and about 200 years ago that fought off an empire that was attempting to keep people in serfdom via their money supply and taxes.  So why should I be so scared now?

To the great people of this great country, we should not act in fear.  I know there are plenty of people who have faith, who have love, who have hope, who can say that they believe in the betterment of mankind – starting with themselves, their families, and their communities.  We can do this by not acting in fear.  Do not be afraid of the problems that we face – each of us, as individuals and each of us united with our fellow statesmen – have the power to create our destiny.  We will not be afraid and we will find solutions that work, that create peace and prosperity for generations to come.

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