Raw capitalism is the external expression of our inherent human nature

Question from the Internet:

“Does capitalism go with human nature?”

Yes, “raw capitalism” — ruthless and exclusive competition, accumulating resources and profit at the expense of others, excessive overconsumption based on “aggregate demand” regardless of actual necessities — is the external representation of our inherently self-serving, self-justifying and individualistic nature.

The capitalistic idea starts with the just “truth” of “what is mine is mine, and what is yours is yours”, as we truly had the same abilities, conditions and chances to succeed. But we are not born equal, and we do not all have the best conditions and chances to obtain what we want or not, many times we can’t even acquire our bare necessities.

Thus in every civilization and in every society we quickly develop into a pyramid arrangement, where the hungriest, the most nimble, the most egotistic and selfish and those who are ready to sacrifice themselves and others most to get what they want to settle on the peak of the pyramid and control, manipulate and exploit the rest.

But if for some reason those at the bottom of the pyramid get the chance and ability to rise to the peak, they start acting exactly how others in those “elite” positions behaved — after all we are all born with the very same human nature.

This is why the initial “what is mine is mine and what is yours is yours” becomes “what is mine is mine and what is yours is also mine”. In our days the so-called “elite” is more sophisticated and tries to “drip-feed” the masses at the bottom of the pyramid and provide them with an all-encompassing media/entertainment circus in order to hold onto the status quo.

Still, as this societal arrangement is against the laws of Nature, as it violates the general balance and homeostasis in Nature life depends on, our civilization is already collapsing, the present system based on “liberal, parliamentary democracy and free-market capitalism” has been on life support for a very long time and nothing can stop a complete socio-economic collapse.

The problem is, that none of the other political, economic or social systems fared or fare any better. The problem is after all with our inherent nature, not what we do with it. For this reason, any true solutions need to start with correction and further developing our inherent exploitative and selfish nature.

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I am a Hungarian-born Orthopedic surgeon presently living in New Zealand, with a profound interest in how mutually integrated living systems work.

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Zsolt Hermann

I am a Hungarian-born Orthopedic surgeon presently living in New Zealand, with a profound interest in how mutually integrated living systems work.