By Lewis Harrison the RealUGuru
Capitalism is among the most positive forces in human history. When viewed from the bigger picture it is an expression of all the best things an economic system can offer the visionary thinker. Those who attack it as an expression of power, negative influence, and greed are confusing capitalism, with the darker aspects of the human psyche. One need only look closely at what has become of most of the humane and idealistic economic and social systems in history to see what a positive force capitalism can be. No matter how lofty many of the systems may have been conceptually, in the end they either failed or were transformed by the natural human inclination for competition, hierarchical behavior and reciprocal altruism.
Even the kibbutz movement in Israel, originally altruistically driven, collective communities have become, on many levels capitalistic. Though that were traditionally based on agriculture and service to each other, today they have expanded into other economic branches, including industrial plants and high-techenterprises. Kibbutzim began as utopian communities, a combination of socialism and Zionism. In recent decades, some kibbutzim have been privatized and changes have been made in the communal lifestyle.
The word “capitalist” can mean two things: it can mean someone who likes capitalism; but it can also mean someone who invests. a venture capitalist invests in new businesses, and a conscious capitalist can invest in things that make the world a better place to live for present and future generation.
The basics of conscious capitalism are as such:
- Business sells things that people want or need.
- The investors in these business make extra money, which is called profit.
- Investors can take their profit and invest it in more businesses, in making the business bigger, or serving others through this profit.
- The investors can get more and more profit if the businesses are successful.
- The investors use their profits to fulfill their needs and reinvest the remaining profits to serve others.
Ultimately, service to others cannot be mandated by the state or some regulating agency. It is the choice made by an extraordinary person seeking to do extraordinary things.