posted on Jan, 3 2014 @ 03:43 AM
I think when evaluating a world or society for it's health or well-being, one needs to view it (or conceptualize it) in terms of its fundamental
We are basically a bunch of beings living together on a tiny rock hurling through space.
Though we are many, many beings, when contemplating things like government and social structure, to simplify things, we can instead visualize a small
tribe of people living together.. simply - a small group of people living together.
Now, in order for this tribe to survive and have well-being - it requires a lot of work.
It would be nice if all the food we needed naturally grew on tree's, and we just lived outdoors in perfect weather, but life is not so idyllic. Early
tribes have to forage or farm food, and hunt on a regular basis which requires a lot of work, and that is just for the production of food. You still
have many other aspects of life which needs to be attended and it requires a lot of work.
So that is the most fundamental aspect of life - that we are just a bunch of people that live together, working to help each other - live, survive and
to have (or pursue) our well-being. Naturally, that is what all beings want.
Now what is the point of mentioning all this?
The point is that - we are just a group of people, and we can choose to live in any way that we want. There are infinite ways in which we can choose
to live with each other. It is for us to choose. We can build the social structure with the main goal in mind - which is for the benefit and
well-being of the whole.
The problem with capitalism is that it is a system that disregards this fundamental view of life - that we are simply a group of people trying to live
together in a way that is to the benefit and well-being of the whole. The system has no regard for well-being. It is a blind - system.
It also makes people stupid in the regard they lose sight of this fundamental view. People become lost in their activities of building 'capital' for
the sole purpose of building 'capital' and no other reason. There is no higher view or objective in mind. Their activities are so 'specialized'
that all they understand are their capital building activities. People become simpleton-capital-building-robots with no regard for anything else.
A healthier society would be one that understands this fundamental view of life I mention, and works for the common goal of the well-being of the
whole of life on this planet.
In a book by Buckminster Fuller - Critical Path, he had some interesting speculations on the origins of government. He described the origins of the
present structures of government, together with the rise of 'City-States', i.e. walled cites. His description went something like this: First,
(before 'City-States') there were major trade centers, where people congregated to trade their goods. Then came organized bandits who would raid
these trade centers on regular basis. Then, groups similar to 'bandits' in persona - weaponized violent/ruthless people who don't want to work -
offered protection to the trade centers in return for a cut of the profits (i.e. a tax on the trade of goods) thus forming the early structures of
'government' similar to ours today for the trade centers which eventually developed into walled city-states.
This makes perfect sense to me, and explains the resulting persona of current governments.
So from early tribes where most of the people *worked* together to survive and thrive, came social structures where many of the people (in a sense)
lived a parasitic existence. I say parasitic because they themselves did not produce any - life sustenance. Instead, they learned how to exploit
others to maintain their existence. They did it with might and power - with weapons, violence and ruthlessness to earn their living.
So from early tribal structures where most of the people worked together to survive and thrive, came a sort of stratification - people who were the
exploiters (with the persona I describe above) and the exploited (peoples).
It seems that this was the natural progression. Not that things had to go this way, but this was certainly one of the paths of development.
A message to those in power:
Humans as a whole also exploit other animal lineages particularly, for food and transportation.
One good point we can learn from this is that - even if it is out of pure selfishness - it is in the best interest of the exploiters to maintain the
well-being of the exploited beings. With chickens or cows for example, healthier and happier animals produce better tasting and healthier meat; and
happier and healthier horses provide better transportation.
Likewise in the case of humans (or non-humans) exploiting other humans, then one can say healthier and happier humans lead to a healthier culture with
better goods, products, retail stores, entertainment, city structures or whatever else humans produce.
It is in the best interest of those who are exploiting to keep the exploited happy and healthy because they create the environment that you live
Screwing them is - screwing yourself.
Now back to the problem with capitalism...
The problem with 'capitalism' is that it is an arbitrary system, in a sense, where everyone blindly pursues capital. They become stupid and ignorant
to the understanding of our existence, yet become clever and witty to the skill and method of developing capital - i.e. increasing the numbers and
values in their bank accounts. Their increasing specialized habits, stupidity and ignorance is dangerous because it disregards the inherent nature and
goal of all living beings - to pursue well-being and happiness. They become so stupid that they even disregard their own well-being and happiness. The
danger of this system is amplified by the fact that this capital gives these ignorant people power, thus propagating even more unhappiness, and
unhealthiness (if there is such a word) by their ill-effecting behaviors.
What person, or nation, can we call 'great' that cannot even find its own happiness?
We can choose how we live with each other. It doesn't have to be this way. I am sure we can think of better alternatives, or variations of our
current system which strives to attain - well-being, happiness and the functionality/ability of Earth as a whole.
We just need better organization to project our influence.
I welcome everyone to share your thoughts.