“Okay, so what is wrong with what I said or with the Capitalist system?” asked Joshthinking he was in for a win, “I mean if you have what it takes to win, why shouldn‟t you beallowed to grow to such a size?”
Kevin answered with a serious look, “There is nothing wrong with being a success. Butthe problem is not being successful. The problem is being obsessive with winning. These aren‟t
individuals who just won and were happy with that. These are individuals that continue to push beyond the finish line; just like the empire builders of old. They want more and more and it
doesn‟t matter how.”
“So, what is wrong with that?” asked Josh sincerely
“Think about it. We have created a society in which more is desired. Not more growth or
learning but more things. Kids go to school not to challenge themselves but to get a job for money and more things. Those with money use it to find ways to make more while those without
find ways to get it. We aren‟t a society that is searching for
solutions; we are a society that seeks
quick, profitable answers.”
“What?” asked Josh.
“Think of it this way. We have created a single dimensional society.
We are obsessed
with measuring wealth as a form of status and it isn‟t even real wealth such as accomplishments,
respect, and friends. It is just the accumulation of things. Money has become a shortcut. If thereis a problem, throw money at it or pay someone else to handle it. Centuries ago, kings foughttheir own battle. Hell, England even had a queen who led the charges against Roman invaders. Ithink her name was Boudicca. Now, they just pay someone else to do it. Back then, it could havecost them their ass, so war was called for only when they felt it necessary and now since their assis not a problem, they are more willing to use military intervention.
We‟ve become a society thatis all about what I can get out of it? It isn‟t enlightenment or educati
on; it is all about things. Weare missing what is real in life. Instead of gaining knowledge, relationships, we are gainingthings and debt to get those things. We are throwing away our lives and opportunities to say,
“Hey, look what I got!”
People are doing whatever they can to obtain what they think will solvetheir wanting. Big corporations are armed with lawyers circumnavigating the law to find ways toincrease profit margins at the cost of employees and customers. Employees are willing to throwaway their lives, their rights, their freedoms to get money to get the things they think they needto define who they are, to feel good about themselves, to emulate their heroes who are nothingmore than people trying to get all of the things they want and doing whatever they can get awaywith to do it. They hide behind a corporate setup or an L.L.C. to do what they can plus their armyof lawyers and politicians they own. They even use the excuse that they are too big to fail.Cecil Rhodes used his money to sway politicians in parliament to support a war with theBoers. Morgan lent tons of money to the Allies in World War I making it hard for Wilson not tosupport them ending with us entering the war that had nothing to do with us. Japan became