It doesn’t matter what social, economic system we use of we don’t change our innate Human character
Question from the Internet:
“Why do people associate greed with the capitalistic system? Instead of changing the system, why not focus on changing the character of humans?”
You are absolutely spot on!
We are all born with an inherently self-serving, self-justifying, “greedy/overconsuming” nature, and we all thrive on ruthless competition, succeeding at the expense of others.
Raw capitalism is the most suitable economic system for our original nature. The aspiration towards different systems like socialism, capitalism comes when capitalism reaches such inequality that it becomes intolerable for the “less egotistic, less selfish” majority that the “most egotistic, most selfish” minority exploits.
But as we already know from history, the moment the takeover from Capitalism to Communism happens and wealth is taken from the rich, the original nature kicks is and starts distorting “equality, fairness” and recreates the same pyramid system where the most egotistic, most selfish minority exploits, suppresses the less egotistic, less selfish majority that in turn starts to fight for freedom, trying to overthrow the system to return to Capitalism again…
These hapless, instinctive recurring vicious cycles can continue until we completely self-destruct.
On the other hand - as you suggested - we can focus on the root cause, on our inherent nature, character. We can correct, fine-tune upgrade ourselves by learning how to use the selfish ego without suppressing, erasing it (which is impossible).
We can learn how to adapt the raw Capitalist Human into Nature’s Communistic system through the right education, with positive motivation, through positive examples. Then we won’t need any coercion, terror, misleading propaganda!
We have the unique, purposeful and highly practical educational method through which we can build a Human society on the integral template of Nature, where each person can use their individual uniqueness, special abilities in the most optimal way - for the sake of the whole collective - while receiving their just, proportionately deserved reward, renumeration for it.
A win-win scenario!