Is it Capitalism?

Photo by Jordan Opel on Unsplash

You see a good amount of information on the problems and viability of capitalism. That is the best that we can do, it appears, as far as finding a root cause problem of the existence we are creating. If you subscribe to the ideas that people need food, shelter, and clothing then there is a desire to figure out why some have so, so much and others barely are able to feed and clothe themselves.

A ‘rational’ conclusion would then be the economics or the methodology of the “social science concerned with the production, distribution and consumption of goods and services” of our created existence.

The two main players in political economics are capitalism and socialism. Some even want to bring them together. They kind of already are.

But why is this piece of our created existence determined to be the “root cause” of our problems and issues? You look at the entire picture from a system perspective. Our created existence is one large system. Systems thinking “. . .often involves moving from observing events or data, to identifying patterns of behavior overtime, to surfacing the underlying structures that drive those events and patterns. “. So we see our ‘economic system’ as a pattern of behavior and seek to find the ‘root cause’ from the underlying structures that create our economic problem. I might be a little loose with the terms “root cause” and “systems thinking” here, but you get the idea.

So the conclusion of this little analysis is that our problem of people not having enough is caused by our economic system. Simple right? Too simple?

We are defining the problem base on an assumption. An assumption that might actually be the ‘root cause’ of the problem.

The assumption is that an ‘economic’ system is required for the existence we are creating. True, it was required for the existence we created yesterday. But we need to remember that it was not needed for hundreds of thousands of years prior to ‘civilization’ creating the need.

Bam! Right of the bat, new readers will run for cover. Any criticism of ‘civilization’ gets a “so what” or “you’re crazy” or a roll of the eyes. ‘Civilization’ has created the means to discredit criticism through the mechanism of its own creation. Rationality.

So most humans are stuck with “What else are we going to do?”. “How are we going to live without technology?”, “That is just ridiculous.”.

Humans can only imagine being without things.

Viewpoints of what will be missing. Human’s poor imagination from the Cartesian world view is unable to connect to wonder. Wonder drives the imagination. Human can only imagine being without things.

Until that changes, humans will continue to kill themselves in large and small ways.