20% of a larger group can be referred to as "some" of that group. 20% of 50 people is 10. 20% of 5 million people comes to 1 million. The numbers grow larger but the proportions remain the same: 1 out of 5 people are part of the "some".
But what if the "some" is not a percentage but a certain number. Let's go back to 50 people with 10 people not agreeing with the group. But what happens if the larger group grows but those in opposition within that group remains steady? If the overall group increases to 500, the 10 now becomes 2% of the group. If the over group increases to 5 million and even if the group in opposition grows to 100, the percentage portion of the group, the "some", is .002%. A definite decrease in significant impact on the larger group but technically speaking, this .002% still represents "some".
So I imagine a population of 5 million people have to vote on whether or not puppies are cute.
- 20% of the population are cat people have come out against this being on the ballot. That's 1 million people. They are "some" of the people".
- Meanwhile, a group of 100 people who think baby ducklings are being discriminated against have also spoken out. These duck lovers represent only .002% of the population. They too are "some" of the people.
Now this 5 million person population has a news channel that we will refer to as Pox Gnus. The chairman of Pox Gnus doesn't like puppies. Anyway, a show on Pox Gnus has three guests to discuss this contentious issue. Well, it's not really "contentious". Of the total population, a considerable majority of 3,999,900 people think puppies are cute. But on the show in question, the three guests include a person from the pro-puppy lobby, a person for the pro-cat people and a person from the pro-duck group. Both the cat and the duck reps get to be there because they represent "some" people even though the "some people" the duck person is speaking for is virtually a statistical anomaly.
Throw into the mix that the host of the program has an anti-puppy boss who signs his pay check and you have a match up of 3 against 1. All of a sudden, 75% of the people on screen are against the puppies are cute initiative. From the perspective of this show, "some people" want us to be pro-puppy. So the smaller number of "some people" from the total population gains disproportional power in the overall discussion and turns the larger number into "some people".
So the water's pretty muddy when we try to figure out what "some" means. But what about the "people" part of this equation. I'll cover that ground tomorrow.
Until then, be good to one another.
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