Political systems described by papers in a box.
I learned this story in school and wanted to share it with you all. I think it accurately describes how different political systems work and how they each have their own flaws and strengths.
An assignment is due for class. Each student has to submit an essay. The essay is to be collected and reviewed by the professor. There are three students we will focus on, Sally the wealthy, Billy the middle class, and Bobby the impoverished.
The professor has full faith in his students to perform well. He asks them to hand in their essays without any instructions on how to hand in the document. Sally hands in her essay in a large beautiful binder. It stands out from the rest. Billy simply staples his together. Bobby has no staples or binder so he folds the edges and Hope’s for the best. The professor has a box to collect the papers in. Sally’s doesn’t fit in the box, it has to sit on top, in constant view. Billy’s fits in the box, and despite being jostled around stays together because it is stapled. Bobby’s papers go everywhere, and half the assignment is crumpled and flies away in the wind when the box is opened. Sally does very well on the assignment, and other students start rumors that her big binder had gotten her the grade. Billy did OK as well. Bobby, with half his paper missing, failed the assignment.
The professor has no faith that his students will perform well. He asks them to hand in their essays with strict guidelines around size, shape, the number of staples, and the even the front page details. All of the required supplies are provided. Seeing as there is no room for error, Sally, Billy, and Bobby all hand in a very similar looking paper. All are graded by a professor who doesn’t seem to care about the content as much as they care about the material fitting the required guidelines. The content was not assessed properly, some papers essays looked like they hadn’t even been opened. Bobby’s was clearly not opened, and he wondered if the teacher knew that his family was poor and didn’t bother to read it. He noticed Sally’s also hadn’t been opened and her grade was slightly higher. Everyone feels like no matter what they do their paths are already set for them.
The professor has some faith in his students but he knows he needs to intervene somewhat to make the papers easier to collect. He issues guidelines that all papers must be just that, paper. No binders, and they just be stapled, with staples made available. The rest is up to you. This made Sally happy because despite not being able to use her favourite style of binder, the professor never said anything about stylized pages. Her front and back page were lit up with beautiful inks, with designs that caught the eye. She also used thin plastic sheets to cover it from damage. It was a little more difficult to do than a binder, but it worked. Billy staples his and hands it in. Bobby forgot to staple his. The professor, once again not trusting his students entirely, collected the pages into a very specific sized box. The box was the same size as the paper, which is why he asked that no one use a binder. He then placed all the paper into the box, closed it, and shook the box. He shook it upside down, sideways, then opened it up again. The pages all looked the same, non had moved because his box was the perfect size to hold the papers in place. No papers were lost. Sally received top grades, her effort was obvious and effective. Billy did OK. And Bobby? Bobby had written the next great american novel.
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