The key to failure is trying to please everyone.
With the pleasure of receiving you in this space, today titled with a well-known phrase by Woody Allen. I imagine, dear reader, that when you read the title you could associate it with the management of our international relations. And it could be, it’s true. But the idea, this time, is to use it to reflect our contradictions between the weighting of the value that our human resources contribute and the few incentives for progress that we are offering them so that they consider our country as a place of development.
A mother accompanied by her son comes across a young man who is asking for coins on a corner. The mother looks at her son and tells him: “If you don’t study, you’re going to end up like him.” This sentence reflects the importance of education, as an individual solution, to achieve personal development.
An old man who passed by, recognized for his great wisdom, added: “If you study, you will be able to generate a better world for that young wanderer.” This sentence reflects the importance of education, as a collective solution, to achieve development as a society.
What’s the use of saving yourself?
Educates who motivates to transform an adverse situation of the present. It is imperative to retain those who are capable of doing so. it’s unforgivable the few incentives we are giving our young entrepreneurs to stay in our country, given that the only merit that is rewarded is that of militancy.
Economic theory says that things are worth according to their level of scarcity, and from there, the different theories of value arise. Because they are exhaustible, they make “natural resources”, “capital” and “human resources” highly demanded goods. But what no one disputes anymore is that the main actor in the economy to solve the problems of scarcity is “knowledge”.
Suppose a billionaire decides to travel to the most inhospitable place on the planet and demonstrate that, with resources, he can survive in any environment, to justify that what matters is precisely “capital”.
“Countries that develop are those that capitalize on the knowledge of their inhabitants; For me, that is to make a homeland”
To do this, he hires an assistant, an engineer who is a specialist in food and logistics, who has experience in climbing high mountains and all the knowledge one could imagine for that risky trip. The engineer accepts the challenge in exchange for a very high financial compensation.
You will understand that, once you arrive at the place, your differences in terms of income and accumulated wealth will not make sense. Both will be economically equal for the simple reason that there will be no goods or services to buy.
The simple question is: Who of the two has more power now? The millionaire owner of the “capital”? Or the engineer possessing the knowledge? Finally… Who depends on whom? Scarce is knowledge, and that will define who has more power.
If a country is serious about developing and growing, cannot be passive in the face of the flight of its resources with the capacity for transformation. Developing countries are those that capitalize on knowledge. For me, that is making a country.
In fact, the fields are worth not because they are fields, but because they allow us to transform seeds into food; just as a manufacturer converts steel and other metals, for example, into taps; a teacher transforms and prepares a child for the future world and an energy company converts rocks and water into energy supplies to power our industries and homes.
Because, I do not share the Argentine decision to penalize the salary of our human resources, flattening the income curve, ignoring merit and discouraging our talents from producing in and for Argentina. They leave and… Where? To Iran, Cuba or Venezuela? Or to Spain, the United States or Australia?
“If society does not recognize, does not honor and does not include those who generate added value, most of what we call wealth will disappear”
Salary is an incentive and a reward for effort. Just compare what a developed country is willing to pay for knowledge and how it is paid in our country.
If society does not recognize, does not honor and does not include those who really generate added value, most of what we call “wealth” will disappear.
It is smarter to take advantage of the entrepreneurial drive of those who had more possibilities, to facilitate their development so that, with their profits, they finance employment, education, innovation and labor inclusion.
Our problem is not solved with money (in fact, we received a lot recently). If we use it wrong, we multiply the problems. We have the highest public spending in history with the highest level of poverty: could it be that we spend badly?
The story goes that in Davos, Switzerland, in 2005, the president of Tanzania, Benjamin Mkapa, explained that nearly a million children died annually of malaria because they did not have mosquito nets that only cost four dollars each. Sharon Stone, who was in the audience, asked to speak and said she was moved. With tears in his eyes, he donated $10,000. Many in the room raised their hands pledging to donate as well. After a while it was announced with great fanfare that a million dollars had been raised. Sharon Stone became the superstar of Davos 2005.
Mosquito nets worth one million dollars were sent to Tanzania. Result of the donation: many mosquito nets were stolen at customs, some were used as fishing nets, some were broken to be used for other purposes, and a few were used to fulfill the function of stopping mosquitoes. Definitely, It is not known how many lives ended up being saved.
“Our problem is not solved with money. If we use it wrong, we multiply the problems. We have the highest public spending and a high poverty rate”
The moral is that many tend to be more interested in raising money than spending it efficiently. It is empirically proven that if the collection is not done well, it is counterproductive because it encourages corruption, it causes dependency and makes young people prefer to dedicate themselves to the militancy of arbitrary distribution rather than to productive activities.
I propose that those who export knowledge living in Argentina are not obliged to pay their income in pesos at the official exchange rate, and that he can save in the currency he wants, and that all hierarchical public office must be occupied by a university graduate who is appointed through a contest, and not by a political activist, or by a relative of a ruler. That it be a public office and not a political one.
To close this note I resort to a beautiful fable.
The bees, one day, believed that the government of the hive would be better if they established taxes to pay for public services. Seeing that the drones were idle, they offered to charge them with the collection, which they gladly accepted, since it was light work and well paid. But, little by little, these induced the bees to increase the number of collectors, thus managing to place such a considerable number of their friends, that the same taxes had to be increased to pay them. And a point was reached where all the honey in the hive would not be enough to feed on.
The bees realized the danger and decreed the immediate expulsion of the drones. The drones tearfully asked the bees what was going to become of them, once in the street, and the bees answered: “Make honey, you too!”