If everyone jumped off a bridge…

Just a short thought for today. I’d like to advance a theory.

I’m guessing that this must be “a thing”, and probably has a complicated scientific name or even someone’s name attached to it. There could even be a white paper somewhere about this. So until I know its origins, I am going to call it “The 100% Test”.

This theorem states that an idea or an action can be discredited or supported by applying it to 100% of the world’s population. I am loathed to use the word “proven” because this doesn’t offer the final say. It is more of a starting point; a springboard for further discussion. For obvious reasons, it’s entirely speculative.

Here’s how it works:

Say my idea is that gun ownership makes me safe. What would happen, then, if everyone on planet earth owned a gun? Suddenly my idea of being safe goes out the window because at best, everyone’s equal, and at worst, chaos ensues. So the idea that gun ownership makes me safe fails the 100% test.

I think the question every mother asked, “If everyone jumped off a bridge, would you too?” could easily be applied not just to peer pressure, but to this 100% concept. A great judge of whether or not an action is good, is imagining everyone doing it.

Feel free to agree or disagree. But that’s one of my many theories.


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