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A cancer corrupting Humanity
Capitalism: an economic and political system in which a country's trade and industry are controlled by private owners for profit, rather than by the state.
Capital: some form of
asset, idea, an existing product or an element in nature that can be exchanged for a price.
As civilisation develops, the process of creation and trade becomes institutionalised and normal within the fabric of society. At some point money is a trade token was instituted allowing people to indirectly trade and exchange tokens for goods or services at some other place. The idea of money provides an external solution to internal fears in that by accumulating money one can acquire extra food or resources deemed necessary for the maintenance of life.
This idea of accumulation changes the biological functioning of the human brain and we have an acceleration in mental development along with population increase lean to an acceleration of technological development to deal with basic survival strategies to accumulate and defend. After all when wealth is accumulated, there is always someone who would like to take it away and make it their own capital.
So we have gone from communal living to a slightly expanded sense of barter and trade which is a primitive form of capitalism but of the communal level it is rather benign and such traders generally for the benefit of the entire community. When money comes into the picture then there is a movement away from communal living to stratification of society in terms of class and occupation along with the accumulation of wealth in the hands of individuals.
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Individuals quickly learn that wealth also equates to power and that power can be used to influence society as well as to acquire things. For several thousand years it was rather benign but over that time period those with the wealth and power sought out new ways to acquire more wealth, power and status within society. Instead of transforming the stone, they began transforming the landscape in their search for minerals like gold which was purely a status symbol in most regions of the world and other metals with which to make weapons.
The very simple form of capitalism was simply a response to human needs but over time it has evolved to replicate itself as a moneymaking machine and to make it more productive, a labour force was required and slavery was born. Anyone who has seriously studied the banking industry will know that it is in effect a pyramid scheme designed to channel wealth to the few at the top of the heap while the masses do the backbreaking work.
"The lion was a servant of Ma Durga, man could not tame the lion so he killed it. A symbol of the patriarchal taking over the matriarchal. The imagery relating to the bull is a little more complex. Ancient Hindu civilisations prior to 5000 BC (and still do revered cattle as givers of life and to a lesser extent beast of burden. The arising patriarchs and capitalism conspired in the minds of men to seize control (corporatise) production. At another level the bull represented the wild and powerful beast within the mind of man. Unlike Shiva, man couldn't control this beast which may well be related to social conscience so he had to kill it and order to conduct his capitalistic business." ~ NZYogi
Modern capitalism puts all the above ideas on steroids although the very basis
of the system has not changed, it takes some material that one can take for no
appreciable cost other than human effort and transforming it into something that
someone else may need. To maximise profits, the raw materials must be low-cost
and the means of production must also cost as little as possible. From about
3000 BC there was an exponential growth in slavery through North Africa, the
Middle East and Europe which continues into this day.
"One America is flowing with the milk of prosperity and the honey of equality." King said. "That America is the habitat of millions of people who have food and material necessities for their bodies, culture and education for their minds, freedom and human dignity for their spirits. . . . But as we assemble here tonight, I'm sure that each of us is painfully aware of the fact that there is another America, and that other America has a daily ugliness about it that transforms the buoyancy of hope into the fatigue of despair. Those who live in the other America, are plagued by inadequate, substandard and often dilapidated housing conditions, by "substandard, inferior, quality-less schools," by having to choose between unemployment and low-wage jobs that didn't even pay enough to put food on the table. The problem was structural, King said: "This country has socialism for the rich, and 'rugged individualism' for the poor." ~ The Other America
In short, capitalism is a disease, a cancer of the world that creates war in the name of profits, it requires slaves and not many people realise that our freedom is very limited because our bodies exist in physical slavery to our employer who battles the authorities to pay lower wages while extracting more work while every succeeding generation is dumbed down through degenerative education.
The only solution is achieving one's own personal salvation and beginning to awaken from their slumber caused by the media's stupification. Before it's too late for you, search out a leaf, a bush, a piece of nature or if you are fortunate spent time in the wilderness and meditate. Only then will you begin to understand the truth of your existence and begin your walk toward real freedom where you can meet with others on the path. When there are enough responsible adults in the world, democracy will begin to work and capitalism will become a servant of the people.
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