Understandably we distrust parasites, after all they benefit from their hosts – not exactly the ideal dinner guest!
However, while that may be the case, they also provide balance, an invaluable attribute that could be used to describe tax. Taxation lives on the fruit of our labour and capital, giving back through the value-based distribution and redistribution of income determined by the government. It’s the majority of state budgets, which makes it a key contributor to national and holistic state programs.
Thus, just like parasites service our ecosystem, tax services our finances and while you cannot see tax, we all know it’s there. Our relationship with tax is a struggle at times, as parasites can leave the host open to opportunistic illness aka audits; nevertheless, what would our world be like without tax… yes, I don’t want to think about it either.
But, as in the evolution of its biological counterpart, taxation should endeavor to develop a balanced relationship with its hosts, which is something that increasing regulations and procedures threatens to disturb.
Mistletoe, the most romantic of good parasites, could inspire taxation. As while it lives off its host, the overall benefits are to the insects and trees as a whole – the price we pay as a community.