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Empty Rooms for All
OK, this has been on my mind. A quick analogy.
scenario 1)You walk into a empty room with four other people already inside. They have traced chalk lines on the floor marking the area that is "theirs". You walk into a part of the room not already claimed and you make it your own.
scenario 2) You walk into the same empty room, but this time the four people have claimed all the space in the room. In order to have a place to stand you have to do favors for the people already there and they agree in return to give you a little place to stand.
scenario 3) ... like #2 except that after being in the room for a while, and having earned a space for yourself another person enters the room and replaces one of the original four people who leaves the room for good. You now have to do favors for this replacement in order to get more space for yourself.
scenario 4) A new person comes into the room. This new person is a friend of one of the four orginal people. One of the four divides his area in half and invites his friend to have it. After a while the original person leaves and gives the remainder of the space to his friend.
scenario 5) one of the original four people leave and his space is left empty, the next person to come in the room takes it for themselves.
scenario 6) one of the orginal four leaves and the space is divided up amongst the remaining people in the room.
scenario 7) one of the original four leaves and his space is walled off so nobody else can stand there.
That's the abstract view. In reality we are born into a limited environment. All the resources have been claimed by somebody. We are either born with nothing, or with something our parents can give us. You either enter a room and work to get some space for yourself, or you enter a room and somebody gives you some. The latter is called inheritence. And its the reason why the whole notion that wealthy people have earned their wealth is baloney. In a scenarion where we are all born with nothing handed to us for free that would be more true. But since some people start of with something to sell then they have a distinct advantage. They can immediately call others to do their bidding without having to do some first. Money is after all an accumulation of favors in many regards. So how can you transfer that to another person? If someone saved my life and I promised to repay them. I would not expect that promise to hold to the children as well. If we were all born with nothing then we would have to spend at least the first early parts of our lives as workers. We would have to earn something from others to start. Giving children a pass to the front of the line only means that people will have to work for those that have earned nothing for themselves. In effect repaying a service to one that has not rendered one in return. So while I understand why parents want to pass their wealth to their children it undermines the notion of merit and debunks the notion of wealth meaning success.
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