A Parable

13 Sep

 

A Parable…Or just another reason why math is sad

 

            Two men work for the same company. One earns $10,000 a year at an entry level position while the other earns $100,000 a year in a management position. After one year they both receive a $1,000 raise for their hard work.

            A socialist comes along and says, “Well that’s fair. They each received $1,000 for being good workers. $1,000 = $1,000. What could be more equal than that? Now one makes $11,000 and the other makes $101,000 and there is still a $90,000 difference between their two salaries just as before.”

            A capitalist comes along hears this and says, “What? That’s not fair at all.   $1,000 = $1,000?! Nonsense! The man earning $10,000 a year received 10 times more money than his manager. I quit!”

One Response to “A Parable”

  1. Ken Short September 13, 2012 at 3:30 pm #

    The other side of the coin;
    Two men work for the same company. One earns $10,000 a year at an entry level position while the other earns $100,000 a year in a management position. After one year they both pay $1,000 in taxes.

    A capitalist comes along and says, “Well that’s fair. They each paid $1,000 in taxes $1,000 = $1,000. What could be more equal than that? Now one took home $9,000 and the other took home $99,000 and there is still a $90,000 difference between their two salaries just as before.”

    A socialist comes along hears this and says, “What? That’s not fair at all. $1,000 = $1,000?! Nonsense! The man earning $100,000 a year only paid 1% he still has 10 times more money than his worker. I quit!”

    Math is not sad. It’s sad how it is used.

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