Tom V. (tiotditv) wrote,
Tom V.

From Hells Heart I Stab at Thee: Capitalism

Many critiques have been written about Capitalism, often based on the idea that the economic system erodes the ability within individuals to be able to distinguish between wants and needs. And I, to a degree, agree with that. Capitalism creates a system of econommic governance which encourages people to release themselves from the ability to distinguish between wants and needs. As a reslt, wants become needs, and needs become mediocrity. The effect on the individual is obvious - social responsibility erodes along with our abilities. We don't want to pay taxes (which in a properly run system build the strength of the society on all levels) because we want more spending money for ourselves.

But I would like to add something rarely talked about to the debate about the critique of capitalism. I think the economic system further erodes the individuals ablity to be able to understand the relationship between action and consequence. This leads on from the above theory, a continuance if you will. The pursuit of money and products becomes the only path visible and any suggestions for a better route are ignored by the blinded sight of gold in the distance, to be unable to see that the map has been made of gold the whole time.

I give you the example of the price of oil. I challenge anyone to watch TV for a day and count the amount of times that "rising petrol prices/rising oil prices" is mentioned. I then challenge the same person to also count the amount of times that "declining oil supplies due to a century of wasteful use" is mentioned. We are all aware the the price of oil is rising, but we are unable to see the clear reason why it is. Instead we squabble and waste time and argument over what we can do to reduce the price of oil. We can do better than that.

And for the latest point, I am very much the prime example. The pursuit of money, which I have naively joined, has made my life lonely. My bank balance may be healthy, but my mind is not - much like the world is today. We are swimming in riches, yet we continue to plague ourselves with the same problems that capitalism promised to release us from more than 150 years ago. Is it because we cannot see, we cannot feel? Products have lost their emotion, the identity. Things made feel cold and distant from who we are. The key to humanities happiness lies not in a lab of chemicals, but within our lives.
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