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Capitalism, Neo-Liberalism, Corporatism – call it whatever, I personally have a big difficulty with the kind of a system I live in. One of the reasons for that difficulty can be that I spent my childhood and youth in a society that was not driven by money and consumption (at least not to that extend like in the West). It seemed to me that people – because they were not that stressed to make money and to spend them – lived happier, enjoyed more and appreciated the human values like friendship, family, creativity.
When I came to live in the West 10 years ago I was most of all shocked by the concept of profit, which seemed to be very natural for people here. Profit, copy-right, interest… It took me years to comprehend the ways and methods of this system. And now, while working as a Sales Manager in the Marketing and PR business (!) – imagine what I think about all that machine. Day by day, the more I can penetrate into the depth of the capitalism, the more I understand that my personal belief lays somewhere else. May be I am a communist?
I was trying to introspect and understand what is actually irritating me so much? Why does capitalism seem to be so unnatural, unhealthy and even anti-human? There are many critical points that are rather well known. But in my meditation on this topic I got a very interesting answer, which explains everything to me: Capitalism is driven by the weaknesses of the people, not their strength. Lust, greed and envy are the driving forces of the modern consumer-society. And that will never help people to evolve! In Austria (where I live) you cannot sell any product without showing some naked body (interestingly, especially for art gallery-ads they only choose some nude pictures), even to advertise for the yogurt the model should better take off everything. Another recent fact: Every Austrian throws to the bin 40 Kilo of food per year (!!!) – 10% of which is unpacked. Isn`t that mad?
Obviously there is no better system at the moment. But I hope that Humanity will find the right way soon. I slowly start to believe that something like communism (in the true sense of it, not the “models” that we had in the history) will be a benevolent alternative to the capitalism of the modern times. I don´t know much about communism (in fact, they say that even Marx did not really explain much how actually it should work). Apparently he saw it like that:“In communist society, where nobody has one exclusive sphere of activity but each can become accomplished in any branch he wishes, society regulates the general production and thus makes it possible for me to do one thing today and another tomorrow, to hunt in the morning, fish in the afternoon, rear cattle in the evening, criticise after dinner, just as I have a mind, without ever becoming hunter, fisherman, herdsman or critic.”
Whatever it might be, I desire that the next form of the human social, political, economical, etc. existence will be built up on the strengths of people: collectivity, creativity, solidarity, good will and good heart. I believe that it is possible. But only as a natural evolutionary step. No revolutions, please 🙂
P.S: btw, when I look at the official definiton of communism – it seem to be a prefect society to me: Communism is an economic system characterized by the collective ownership of property and by the organization of labor for the common advantage of all members.