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Psychology of Fundraising

By Ken Poland
Opinion | September 29, 2014

I receive 30 or 40 emails declaring all is lost if I don't send in $3 to $5 immediately. Disaster is just around the corner and if I can send in a dollar it will be matched. If I sent in $3 for every email it would add up to several hundred dollars pretty quickly.

I might experience a real disaster if at the end of the season i can't pay all my current bills and satisfy my operating loan repayment at the bank. My operation will cease to exist. Government seems to survive and recover, in spite of the fact that it doesn't always respect or reflect by priorities or standards.

I can't help but wonder if they are selling chances on a dead horse, when you read the alarming news that disaster will strike if they miss their deadline of midnight tonight.

How about a little positive news describing the horse I'm buying. We get more information on the negatives of the opposition than we do the positives of our candidates. Vote for this person because they oppose that person!

I don't agree with Paul or Ryan, but I don't like deciding to vote for you just because you don't like them either. Tell me what you would like to change or keep. Don't promise more than you can deliver. I'm do dummy. You can't guarantee delivery of everything you want, but you can try negotiating with your fellow legislators or bureaucrats to get as close as possible to what you want. Negotiation and compromise isn't a mortal sin. 'My way or the highway' doesn't work in a Democracy or Democratic Republic type of government.

I'm a pretty loyal Democrat, but that doesn't mean I've approved of everything my Democrats have done, over the years. I have to applaud some of the things Republicans have accomplished, too. (However, it seems pretty hard to recall very many things.)

We live in a changing world. Some changes are good and some are bad. It depends on your perception. Freedom of choice is good, but if that freedom infringes on someone else's freedom it may not be so good. Freedom of religion is good. But, that freedom must apply to all religions not just a few chosen ones. Sad to say, religion has been the cause of nearly all the conflicts since recorded history. Religion when teamed with physical or economic power becomes corrupt pretty quickly. It just seems to be man's nature to want complete authority for themselves. And, to have complete authority for myself I have to have authority over those around me.

Whether it by through evolution or by the Creator, man seems to have a religious nature. Religious meaning that part of our psychology that controls our emotions and desires.

If by evolution then that psychology changes by social order and influence. Survival is the driving force.

If by the Creator, then it only changes as our perception of the Creator's desires change. And, if you are influenced by the creator, you will find that the perception of that Creator changed, if you read from Genesis through Revelations of the generally accepted Bible. And, it has continually changed in the 2000 plus years since. Major changes occurred during the Crusades, the Reformation, Jonathan Edward's writing about the 'Angry God', today's TV preachers and their wealth and prosperity gospel, etc.

We live in a complex society that includes all persuasions from evolutionist, creationist, to happenstance. It isn't the role of government to enforce individual observation of any given theory. It is the responsibility of the individual to live in a way that influences their neighbor to accept their way as the best for mankind and society.


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