We talked in yesterday’s post about the logical extension of your beliefs. And whether they would form a congruent philosophy if you weave them together and extend them to their logical conclusion. This is more important to your happiness and prosperity than you may know…
I used the example of the seemingly harmless and benevolent idea that the government should legislate wheelchair access in all private businesses.
The problem comes from the little Mom and Pop businesses and start-ups that might not have the resources to do this. And the bigger issue of keeping congruent with people with other disabilities.
Then you need a website with all audio files for blind people. Speech recognition technology for those without limbs or paralyzed who can’t operate the keyboard. Wheelchair ramps to your roadside hot dog stand. A signer for the deaf at every seminar. Note takers for people who can’t write.
The point is this. The idea of your benevolent government ensuring that everyone has wheelchair ramps sounds good, looks good, and looks good on paper. But if you extend it out in a consistent and logical way – you can see that the idea is quite flawed. In order for no one to be discriminated against, you have to cover all the possible disabilities.
And all of a sudden the cost for your little website is now $50,000 instead of $800. So now the cost of opening a Shaklee or AVON distributorship goes from a few hundred dollars to north of $75,000. Suddenly it takes $25,000 to open a baby-sitting or pet walking business. Your dream of having your own little one-person business now requires five people to comply with government discrimination laws.
The price becomes prohibitive, and innovation, progress and free enterprise are choked to death. There are fewer businesses to choose from, competition is stymied, and everyone – including disabled people – has a smaller selection and pays more. The very idea, which was designed to help you, actually hurts you.
So what do we do with those disabled people?
Will they have no restaurants to eat in, no hotels to sleep in, and no restrooms to relieve themselves in? Of course not. The market will adapt to serve them. Because it’s just good business to provide for them. Here’s the analogy…
Once upon a time, there were no hotels that allowed pets. Then someone had a great idea. They opened a hotel that accepted them. Then other people followed suit, because they realized that there is a large market of people who want to travel with their furry friends. Pretty soon others were publishing directories listing all the places around the world. A whole cottage industry was born.
The same thing happened about 15 years ago with hotels for non-smokers. (A few years from now, they’ll probably be doing the same thing for smokers. Provided your government doesn’t make it illegal to operate a hotel that allows smoking, as many already have done.)
In other words, if you let free enterprise loose without all the government restrictions, requirements, and regulations – the market place will reach its own level of taking care of people.
But you only discover that if you look beyond your first knee-jerk reaction, see beyond the emotion, and extend things out to their logical conclusion.
If you’ve been following my work awhile, then you have been exposed to many of the prosperity principles I teach. But they won’t make sense and work for you unless you live by a coherent philosophy.
So how about your beliefs? Do they check out? Do you have a logical philosophy you live by? Think about it.
Now just to make sure you understand the philosophy, and are really operating from a prosperity consciousness, let me give you a little test...
I think all businesses should be allowed to discriminate against anyone they want! If they want to put a sign in the window that says, “We don’t serve fags,” “Blacks not allowed,” “No Service to Redheads,” “If You Have Blue Eyes Stay Away” or “We don ‘t serve Asians,” I have no problem with that. And if you have prosperity consciousness and believe in human rights – you would agree with me!
So cook that around and share your comments below. Next post I’ll explain why this is the only rational, logical approach to true prosperity for all.