I constantly come in contact with the beliefs of others. Quite often I don’t agree with another persons beliefs, and occasionally I may learn something of value from them. I am willing to learn. I also believe in protecting the right for others to believe what they believe. I don’t believe that others should be allowed to force others to believe what they would like them to believe, nor do I believe that they should be allowed to harm others by putting into action dangerous beliefs.
I know that this creates a difficult dance in life for even I am likely to believe in some things that aren’t correct in some way. I don’t force anyone to believe in what I believe, but I tend to associate with people that are more reasonable in their beliefs. I believe in things like equal rights and the right to pursue happiness. I believe in doing to others as you would have them do to you, if you were them.
Beliefs can often not really have a good or bad or harm or not harm feature. I am very neutral toward beliefs others have or even behaviors others do that have mostly neutral outcomes. I am not neutral toward beliefs that are encouraging poor behaviors and outcomes or outcomes that harm. I am against forcing someone or a nation to believe anything. I believe in people forming their own beliefs, and I believe that over time they will become more rational, even if they are severely irrational in the short-term.
I am disappointed in organized irrational harmful beliefs, and I must speak out against them. Reliable and safe contraception is an important advancement in our society. Condoms and other forms of reliable and safe contraception should be available and I encourage people to use them. If two or more people really want to take on the responsibility of bringing another human being into this world, then they can elect to forgo the use of such technology.
A nation should not be run by a religious leader or unduly influenced by any single belief system. It doesn’t matter which country or where it is located in the universe. Forcing others to believe or conform to a standardized belief system is harmful to individuals and other interdependent peoples and groups of people and the environment. And, it is important to encourage, not just allow, but encourage citizens to be participants in their own governing and the development or evolution of beliefs.
A nation that forces conformity to a belief system especially one that encourages harming others and the environment will always be a threat to the rest of us. Having diversity in beliefs all around us will help us to progress in our lives. I want to learn and progress. I enjoy it. And, I enjoy observing others in their development, too. I enjoy open discussions about ideas and how to make the world a better place. I hope you have peace and prosperity that benefits us all. Please be careful to err on the side of not harming anyone if at all possible, which it is in most circumstances.
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More on pricing and markets: Here are a few graphic examples of elastic and inelastic demand and pricing decisions. If you are facing inelastic demand and you lower price, then your total revenue will also fall (from $8 x 8 units or $64 in TR to $6 x 10 units or $60 in TR, Figure A). If you are facing inelastic demand and you raise price, then your total revenue will rise (from $60 in TR to $64 in TR, Figure A). If you are facing elastic demand and you lower price, then your total revenue will increase (from $8 x 8 units or $64 in TR to $6 x 15 units or $80 in TR, Figure B). And, if you are facing elastic demand and you raise price, then your total revenue will decrease (from $80 in TR to $64 in TR, Figure B).
How can you determine if your demand curve is inelastic or elastic? How can you attempt to influence the demand curve that your business is facing? I will discuss these topics with specific examples in a future article.
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Websites of the week:
Daniel A. Jones, February 12, 2012