People talk a lot of shit about money, how horrible it is that there’s so much poverty, and how terrible it is the way the rich live like royalty. They talk about the evils of greed, capitalism… basically the whole system. I’ve come across one thought recently, that we should just get rid of banks, get rid of money and there would be no poverty. But you know what, let’s talk about the real implications of something like that. Say we destroy the financial system and make a clean slate for everyone… what then? Do you think everyone’s going to live in harmony with one another? Think we’re all going to get together and sing happy songs, or leave each other alone and in peace? Think again. It’s not in our nature.
That last sentence right there: It’s not in our nature. That’s the crux of it. It’s the reason I believe in capitalism. We have a certain way of existing on a purely animalistic level, and it inevitably comes through no matter what kind of “civilizing” is done. Capitalism takes our natural tendencies and, instead of pretending they don’t exist, it allows for our nature to run its course in a less dangerous setting. Take away the money and people will still want more. The stronger you are the more you’ll have, and the weaker you are the more you’ll convince yourself to accept the cards you’ve been dealt. It’s always the same.
If you’ve got a problem with capitalism, money, or even greed, maybe you should ask yourself this question: Do you want to live in a world where strong arming means being bought out for pennies on the dollar, or do you want it to be a reality where the equivalent is physical injury and tangible subjugation? Make no mistake, there are people out there even now that don’t really play by the niceties of society. I’m not the worst, but I’m definitely one of them. I don’t demonize violence, I don’t look down on it, and I know that the systems in play right now are just subverted forms of it. Take those systems away and you’re going to be left with a purer version, a more visceral one.
Capitalism is more true to human nature than any other system we’ve come up with so far, while still making things a little more civilized for the people who prefer verbal, psychological, and symbolic violence over the physical kind. Unless a person is really naive I don’t see how they can think it would be anything else. Take away the niceties and it’s a world I’d be okay with living in (if nothing else, I think I’d survive it), but think of it… A rawer, more savage variation of what we already have. Is that a world you really want to live in?