At the turning point of human evolution
Question from the Internet:
“Are self-interest and individual happiness encouraged in a capitalist society a stumbling block to the sacrificial love needed in a sustained married life?”
The self-interest and individual happiness encouraged, promoted in the capitalist, Western society — as the peak expression of our inherently self-serving, self-justifying, egocentric, and individualistic human nature, which all other societies aspire to but haven’t achieved yet — is against everything natural.
Nature — the system we are born from, we still exist in and evolve with — is based on totally selfless, altruistic, mutually responsible and mutually contributing co-existence and cooperation that facilitates life. Each element is totally subjugated, nullified towards the whole, finding and unconditionally fulfilling its predetermined role, as assigned by Nature and its evolutionary plan.
In Western society, we have reached a complete, absolute incompatibility with Nature and as a result, now our human system stopped developing and we are literally falling apart, everything we ever built is sliding through our fingers, “becoming like dust”.
As you mentioned even the most fundamental building block of human society — or any Natural entity — the family is breaking apart as the maximally egoistic, narcissistic, self-serving, self-justifying individuals are incapable of any compromise that is required to keep a couple or a family together.
This total collapse had to happen, to awaken us to our dangerous, life-threatening incompatibility with Nature, so we could finally start using our unique Human intellect, capable of honest self-criticism and initiating the necessary self-changes, which we will have to conduct proactively, consciously, methodically, harnessing the available forces in Nature that can actually change and further develop us.
This conscious, self-initiated further evolution will truly elevate us above the rest of Nature. On one hand, we will become fully integrated into the system as all other parts, but we will do it willingly consciously, by our own initiative, and as a result acquire our unique role as Nature’s only conscious, integrated but still, independent observers and willing partners.