Submitted by BongChief420 on Mon, 01/16/2012 - 5:17am
Now I'm not a conspiracy theorist, but it's simply logical to assume this: If your well-being and current comforts of life stem from a very particular way of thinking (capitalism), then you want to keep it that way. Most people want to be comfortable and once wealthy comfort is achieved it's hard to voluntarily go back to life without. Even when the comforts are dramatically in excess of what is needed.
So que marijuana. People get high and have ideas like "Well if hypothetical x, y, and z are what make me happiest, then maybe we should come up with a different system than capitalism."
This is not what anyone in government wants to hear. When you have lifetime benefits and a lavish retirement after only one term in office as a congressman AND the power to help shape the country; BUT your lifestyle depends on the current system continuing, then it's natural to want to promote it. Especially in a nation that feverishly promotes individual success. This is the real reason I personally feel marijuana is illegal: you think "outside the box", or more accurately outside of cultural norms and assumptions.
So when someone realizes our current capitalistic system is run by officials who's primary concern is ensuring the current capitalistic system stays in place. Or changes are made, but only changes that will effect the current officials running it in a way that keeps them at the "top of the pyramid", if you will:
Then how do we change the system if need be? I'm not saying I have an effective strategy necessarily, but even if I do how could I ever expect it to be seriously considered? How could I expect the current government to do what is hard but necessary?
This is the dilemma that I think will define our generation. How we handle this conflict of interest at the national, and therefore by default the international level. It should be clearly marked somewhere at the back of everyone's mind now that capitalism leaves people behind, it's nature promotes individualism and consumption as I said before. The dominant personality types this system produces are selfish and aggressive. Leading to continuous conflict and individualistic focus. When the very culture we are raised from birth to fit into promotes these psychological archetypes how can we propose to ever live peacefully for any substantial length of time, or bring people together for common purposes? It is literally against our programming.
We assume that capitalism is the only way to ensure people are "productive" and work toward the betterment of humanity; but where exactly is the betterment of humanity that we've gotten so far? Sure we've made many, many advances that make the human race more comfortable.. but comfortable in the short term is not necessarily better in the long term. A very common problematic theme that is evident in everything from global warming to rehab clinics. It's our addiction to instant gratification, as opposed to overall, holistic well-being and long term fulfillment.
Now with all this talk against the ideals of capitalism, I do think it was necessary and has produced many benefits. I don't think it's all bad; but I am arguing it's not the only system or the best one.
Basically I'm saying the system could be drastically improved, I think most people would agree to that. That we obviously still (and probably always will) have problems we need to face. Therefore why would we not work together to fix these problems most effectively and strategically? Instead of fighting each other over our ideologies while simultaneously trying to fix the same problems our sworn ideological enemies are trying to fix (better standard of living and level of comfort).
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