Friday, January 04, 2013

'ON THE NEW CAPITALISM'


'ON THE NEW CAPITALISM'
The basic tenets of capitalism, what drives it, is basically wrong:  more for me, less for you.  Capitalism is based on the exploitation of resources (labor, in particular), and all for profit (for a few). Of course, the truth has been turned around by those who benefit from Capitalism (the predatory greedy).  We have been inculcated to believe Capitalism is good for all, when in fact, it is only good for a few. I was taught that capitalism is good because competition between producers (for your money) benefits the consumer.  Part of this is true, but only to a degree.  Most corporations, like Coca Cola, Budweiser (beer), spend most of their money on manipulating consumers via marketing.  Consumers are easily duped by clever advertising ('The Hidden Persuaders,'  Vance Packard).  The only thing that makes corporations act/change is wanting greater profit (ad infinitum) or a loss of sales.  
Thus, it's us, the consumer, that must lead the way.  We must change our nature:  wanting more for less, wanting something better at the expense of others (cheap labor).  It's us that has to change?  Us!  And what specifically?  Our lack of consciousness!
Simply, consciousness is a form of education, an enlightening, a state of 'knowing.'  But, I think maybe the best way to define 'consciousness,' is to describe what it's like, not to have it.  My friend Richard once described it as when, 'You don't know that you don't know.' (unconsciousness).  I met an Argentinian man recently, just 33-years old who has fathered 10 children with four women.  This is acting unconsciously.  Acting with consciousness is just the opposite. 
Of course, everyone thinks they know, and that they are right in thinking such.  Such is the problem as everyone knows they're right (including me)!  
In fact, we have lead ourselves astray and the result, the world is in decline.  A person, a business, life in fact, is judged by how much money they have -- money has become God!   Modern life has become all too material, and so much less spiritual (to our undoing). 
Take for example the lotteries operated by governments.  Mostly, the $ poor buy the tickets.  Intelligent people, by in large, don't because they know the odds of being a winner are so infinitesimally small, it's not a wise thing to do.  So, governments are exploiting the poor.  Is this right?  Is this moral?  Is this just?  No!
Now, the subject of Capitalism (Karl Marx) and the subject of exploitation (Eugene V. Debs) has been dealt with before.  Unfortunately,  instead of progressing upward, capitalism (much via TV/'Hollywood') has 'dumbed us down.' 
By 1980, the world had lost its moral compass, and now thirty years later it's drifting into the abyss.   The 'Industrial Devolution' (more than 200 years ago) took us down the wrong road, and one to ultimate destruction.  Now, we arrive at a crossroads.  One road sign says LIFE, this way (more spiritual), the other says DEATH (more material). 
In the U.S. the politicians (both Parties) pushed the world populace to a 'Fiscal Cliff.' -- the U.S., and thus other countries on the verge of bankruptcy.  
What to do?  How to correct?  Again, it's us, each and everyone of us, that have to change.
We're not against capitalism per se, but the extremes of such (one person making millions of dollars selling 'air' on a telephone, etc.)  The greed of people, wanting it all for themselves, and not willing to share!   People like Ruppert Murdoch who wants to own the world, corporations like G.E. who pay no taxes, people that want more and more for themselves, while others have less and less.  What ever happened to integrity, generosity, even morality?  These ideas seem to have disappeared from the world by 2012.  Religions have failed us!
In 2013, we offer an adjustment in our economic system, what we call 'The New Capitalism' (www.traidingsuccess.com).  Of course, it means we have to change our ways of doing business:
1.  MORE SHARING, LESS PROFIT!
2.  TAKING LESS, GIVING MORE!
3.  THINKING OF OTHERS, NOT JUST OURSELVES!
4.  PRODUCING SOMETHING USEFUL (OF VALUE), RATHER THAN SELLING 'AIR!'  QUALITY, NOT QUANTITY.
5.  RESPECTING NATURE MORE, NOT RAPING THE LAND, MOTHER EARTH!
6.  CUSTOMERS PAY FOR QUALITY, RESULTS, NOT MARKETING!
7.  CUSTOMERS SERVED BY LIVING PEOPLE, NOT SOFTWARE!
8.  LESS MACHINES, MORE PEOPLE AT WORK.
9.  MORE REAL, LESS VIRTUAL!
10. MORE LOW, RATHER THAN HIGH, TECH!
These ideas, offered here, have been suggested before, yet always crushed by those who benefit from the (old) system.   But, we shouldn't give up on evolving… We have to change, grow (mentally), evolve, or we will become extinct. 
'You may think I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one!'  (John Lennon)
All the best leaders/teachers in history have been innovators, visionaries, that have tried to elevate humanity to a higher level of consciousness (Lao Zi, Chuang Zi, Buddha, Jesus, the Sufi poet Rumi, Ghandi, Mother Teresa, etc.).  Most are killed, as the 'owners' try to keep the status quo.   Note, Jesus wasn't killed by the Romans, but by the Jewish money-changers of the Temple. He advocated unconditional love, caring, sharing, giving.  Oh, oh, can't have that!
Oh, but we can!  If an imagine a better world, a better humanity; we can have!  So, instead of getting more for yourself, try sharing more with others (simple).  Try being more mindful of Mother Earth (simple).  Not giving 'lip service' to such, but actually doing it!
IMAGINE A BETTER WORLD -- it's possible!  We have to begin with thinking such is possible!   A U.S. President, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, once said 'The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.'  Now, the only thing to fear is complacency, inaction and business as usual.   If so, humanity is ultimately doomed. 
F.A. Hutchison
www.cyclingpeace.org  

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