I keep hearing about capitalism having failed us.
I’m afraid this is not possible.
Capitalism cannot fail, simply because it is nothing but a human concept.
It is us who are failing.
It was us who had identified the concept, used it properly for a while and then replaced it, tacitly, with another.
‘Capitalism’ worked wonders, as long as we applied it ‘as advertised’, while ‘monetarism’ – the surrogate we allowed to creep in where capitalism used to stand proudly, has started to unveil its ugly face.
You see, capitalism used to be about ‘faith’. We trusted that ‘the other’ would honestly attempt to meet his end of the bargain. That’s why we used to enter into business deals which were designed (a.k.a. negotiated) to meet our respective needs. We were doing this simply because we had understood that a good deal today – good for both of us, that was, would mean at least another good deal tomorrow.
For some reason – bad money drives out good, capitalism is being replaced, slowly but too fast, by monetarism.
Too many of us start ‘businesses’ with the sole goal of ripping their ‘partners’ of as much money as they possibly can. Legally or otherwise.
Without understanding – or caring, even, that they are actually slaughtering the goose with the golden eggs. Capitalism itself.
Human memory is rather shallow.
Two and a half months later I had already forgotten about this.
My memory has been refreshed by a FB post.
“Just as you don’t have to outrun the bear, just the other guy, your political proposal doesn’t have to be perfect, just better than the other guy’s.”
What do we really mean when we say ‘politics’?
A beauty pageant intended to crown the most skillful public speaker/con artist among us?
Or a social mechanism used by the whole community in its attempt to adjust to whatever fate throws at it?
And how about cooperating with the other guy in taming the bear instead of racing him to our mutual deaths? ‘Cause outrunning all the others doesn’t mean survival.
It only means having to watch all of them being eaten.
“A couple drove down a country road for several miles, not saying a word. An earlier discussion had led to an argument and neither of them wanted to concede their position. As they passed a barnyard of mules, goats and pigs, the husband asked sarcastically, “Relatives of yours?” “Yep,” the wife replied, “in-laws.” “
Remember that these two are described as being a couple! Going somewhere together…
And not an out of the ordinary one, judging by what happens around us.
OK, I can understand differences of opinion between people – how ever close their relationship. What I cannot understand is this ‘need’ to aggravate things. To make the other one feel just as bad as ‘I’ do.
Why cannot we focus on the really important issues?
Like in this instance:
“A five-year-old boy was mowing his front lawn and drinking a beer. The preacher who lived across the street saw the beer and came over to harass the kid. “Aren’t you a little young to be drinking, son?” he asked. “That’s nothing,” the kid said after taking a swig of beer. “I got laid when I was three.” “What? How did that happen?” “I don’t remember. I was drunk.” “
(D)evil is ‘the difference’ we cannot accept.
For some, the fact that anything so ‘distant’ from what they find acceptable can survive for any length of time is a slap in their faces.
Which prevents them from learning anything in that situation.