So I wrote my last post on why you should pay your taxes, and to be honest, I was hoping for objections. Paul was kind enough to write in and oblige me, thanks Paul!
Whenever I tell people they should pay there taxes, there’s an automatic response; I shouldn’t pay my taxes because:
A. My government is corrupt
B. My government is war-mongering
C. If it’s for public works, I could send my money directly to someone who could use it better
So these are all good objections, except for one thing: they are classic diamond deals.
So, for those who don’t already know, what is a diamond deal? In the diamond business, they train salesman to offer customers two flawed diamonds; for example, one with a black spot and one that’s slightly off-color (yellowish, for example). When you say you don’t want the diamond with the black spot, they offer you the yellow diamond. And if you say you don’t want the yellow diamond they offer you the one with the black spot. The idea is to confuse you, so that’ you’ll go ahead and buy one of them—they don’t really care which one. Why? Because you didn’t really want either of them.
What’s that got to do with paying my taxes? Well, I say you should pay your taxes, because you don’t want to plant the seed for cheating someone out of money (the only result you will get will be that at some point in the future you won’t have something you need) and you say “But then I’m supporting a war/corruption/a beacracy!” In other words, should I cheat or support people killing and stealing from each other?
But this is a diamond deal: cheat or kill is like saying black-spot or yellow? I don’t want either; don’t cheat, because you don’t want the seeds for that. Don’t support war or corruption or waste either—figure out what the seed is, for you, that is causing that. Because if you see a government that is war-mongering, or corrupt, or wastefully beaucratic, where is that coming from? Is the black stick a pen or a chew-toy? It must be coming from us.
So don’t diamond deal me; I don’t want to cheat, and I also don’t want to support war. So I’ll pay my taxes, gladly, and rejoice—and sent with it a letter telling them I don’t want my money going to support the war. I’ll send that letter as well to my congressperson, and maybe also to the White House. And post my opinions and views on Facebook, and support candidates that vote for ending war and violence.
And then I’ll work on stopping the anger in my own heart, which is the root cause of it all.