Do you feel statistics being reported reflect truth compared to what is really occurring around the world? Do statistics reveal the true situation in America? What about over in Europe or Canada? To me somethings not adding up. I feel only the most blind individuals refuse to see it and perhaps even more importantly feel it.
Several times in prior posts I’ve mentioned that I’m not a supporter of Statistics. I’ll briefly touch on two of the many reasons why in the following few paragraphs. Perhaps first and foremost I feel statistics never ask the correct question. I’ll return to this later and provide a couple of examples of what’s meant. For now I’ll just mention the obvious. Without asking the correct questions how can the answers be anything more than inaccurate.
Einstein was once even given a hypothetical problem to solve that went something like this. Suppose you had a problem and you had one hour to solve it or you would die. How would you use your time? Einstein answered promptly; “I would spend 55 minutes figuring out the correct question to be asking. Once I’ve figured out the what the correct question is, I can solve any problem in less than five minutes”. I’m no Einstein but still our thought patterns merge and meet with that philosophy. Government stats and graphs are simply not asking the right questions.
The second point I’d like you to ponder over is this. You can take almost any statistic (or graph) currently provided by media or Government and twist it as easily as a piece of licorice. By rearranging the information provided you can almost make it read anything you want it to. For Example lets use unemployment as it seems to be a hot topic on the mass medias right now. The Bureau of Labor Statistics currently has unemployment running at 5.5%. After most of you have stopped laughing and caught your breath reading a 5.5% unemployment figure in the US settle down and work with me. I really want you to see where I’m coming from.
I’m going to twist this a bit myself in an effort to make my point crystal clear so let’s use a more realistic but still low unemployment figure. For the sake of this example let’s raise it to 12.5%. I’m more than doubling the percentage to further make my point. If we phrase this more than doubled figure in the following format it really begins to take on a completely different meaning and doesn’t sound bad at all. News Flash: The latest national statistics reveal that America’s recovery is well under way. An outstanding figure showing 87.5 % of Americans are fully employed. Those who are looking for work seem to be finding stable well paying positions. It appears that we’ve rounded the corner and are heading towards a stronger more stable economy.
See I’ve just twisted the wrong question and information into something that sounds reasonably good. Just twisted it like a piece of licorice didn’t I? Well too much licorice will tend to give you cramps and that’s all you’ve been eating if mass medias is where your information is coming from. Knowledge and wisdom are different attributes. Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit; wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
Closing off I want to retouch about the first point made regarding asking the correct questions. For example, by asking a question like “what constitutes being unemployed” might yield more accurate information? What about asking “what are the basic concepts of being employed verses unemployed”? See these questions would better lead you to the answers that will provide an accurate understanding of the real situation. Just for the fun if it click onto The Bureau Of Labor Statistics and search what constitutes unemployment.
I encourage you to read the entire link and then you tell me. Does this system seem like a system that encourages its citizens to get out and make it happen for themselves or does it lean more to promote laziness? Does this system sound like something coming from a prosperous nation? That just might be one the best questions of all… only you should be asking it to yourself.
Everyone better have what they refer to as a plan B. Being stuck in a broke nation with all of your assets has its consequences. Even if all the impartial evidence proves that your particular nation is bankrupt and still you refuse to accept it doesn’t alleviate the need for a plan B. Having a plan B in place and never using it is one thing but not having one and needing it…well that’s disastrous and sometimes having a plan B means having another place to go. Until next time this is Barry in DR.
Do statistics reveal the true situation in America. Pay attention to the 4:58 mark. Many of you might find that segment most interesting.