4.6 Politics, Economics and Community Expectations

We are born with the expectation to live up to our family’s image. Unfortunately this is not enough to be normal. Society has another set of expectations for us. Politically in the United States we are Republicans, Democrats or Independents. We are expected to participate in our local education system which could include home schooling if it is common in our community. We are expected to obey the laws. We have expectations to work and contribute to the local economy. These are just some of the expectations we are born with even though many of these are looking many years into our futures. We are expected to be a normal member of the community. If we move, the new community sets expectations for us.

Although the surrounding community and the country we live in have expectations for us, we have expectations for them. We expect the community that we live in to provide a safe environment. We expect the country we live in to protect us from the outside world. We expect that the food we buy is safe. We expect the government to protect us from financial fraud. Unfortunately we expect too much from them and vice versa they expect too much from us. We see these over expectations in the communities, economics and politics we live in. One day we are capitalist and the next day we are socialist. We expect financial windfalls to continue forever. When the going gets tough we expect it will not get worse. This roller coaster of political, economic and community change is driven by our unrealistic expectations of the world we live in.

Many of these unrealistic expectations are set by groups. Groups raise and lower the bar well above and below our natural limits as discussed earlier. Many politicians and corporations take advantage of these unrealistic expectations and form Artificial groups to exploit them. They use the already abnormal environment to “engineer consent” for their political or product support.

Politics in the United States commonly changes from one political party to the other by capitalizing on missed political expectations. American’s expected that home prices would continue to go up and credit would continue to be loose. As soon as the real estate market sank, the majority of citizens elected the opposite political party in hopes for a solution. It is safe to say that in the near future America will flip flop again. Unfortunately the solution to most problems is typically the hardest one.

Hybrid cars have slowly taken over the roads by using images of nature to appeal to the ever growing environmental groups in United States, even though the fuel efficiency of these cars do not amount to a savings over a similar size vehicle because of their hefty price tags. Most automobile manufacturers in the near future intend to release electric cars. Since a majority of the electricity in America is produced by burning coal, these vehicles will produce a larger carbon foot print than a similar sized vehicle since they need to be plugged in. These automobile manufacturers aren’t advertising how this will affect your electric bill or the damage on the environment; instead they are advertising the huge savings at the pump. Profits drive companies not the environment. When Americans want big cars again, they will be glad to make them.

The communities we live in touch our lives more than any other influence. We trust our valuables to the local police and our children to the local schools. Just because we live in a town or a city does not mean that the entire area is our community. Our community is the environment that we live in: the streets we walk on, the neighbors we talk too and the shops we patronize.

We are members of the communities we live in whether we like it or not. This membership has a groups influence. Our communities can influence us to commit abnormal acts. If our community is involved in a natural disaster, that event can have us take abnormal risks to save fellow neighbors. When on vacation if we meet another person from our community, even if we have never met or seen them before, we instantly relate to them.

5.0 Determining Outcomes Through Expectations

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