Cynique Posted August 29, 2022 Report Share Posted August 29, 2022 I'm curious about what economic "System" exists or should exist wherein a country can "have it both ways", - a utopian paradise where there is prosperity and equality for all, replete with a guarantee that everybody, both the ordinary and the extraordinary, will live the good life. Socialism and Communism are rejected as ideal because they are about The State owning and controlling everything, proceeding on the dubious theory that everybody will benefit equally as long as the masses are kept under control. Capitalism is criticized because it spawns the free enterprise opportunities that facilitate the rich getting richer and the poor getting poorer via a process that financially rewards aggressive, shrewd, people, while relegating others into the "have-not" category. Dreamers have fantasized about the ascension of a benign, charismatic, dictator, - a wise, magnanimous, paragon of integrity and compassion who would exercise absolute control, eliminating the political rivalries that lead to dissention and corruption. Dreamers, indeed. Nightmares are what Fascistic and Theocratic systems bring to mind with their fanatical nationalism and religious zealotry. So, just what is the solution to the problematic way things are now? Democracy falls short for the same reason all the other systems fail. It is all about lofty aspirations that pale in the face of stark reality, a conclusion that should be obvious by virtue of the fact that because Mankind is imperfect, it is incapable of creating a perfect System. Society and civilization are in a never-ending pursuit of a world where everybody lives happily ever after, the hope for which continues to rise like a phoenix from the ashes of scorched empires. But how can Paradise ever exist on Earth when Humanity is its own worst enemy? In the twilight of my years where waking up every morning is an achievement, I continue to ask myself what System has enabled me to survive 89 trips around the sun? The answer is "I know that I know not". I just lived my life, ordering my priorities, following my instincts, embracing my spirituality, indulging my curiosity, resisting materialism, managing to sidestep many of the things that tripped up others of my race. I retired from the work force in 1992, something that has allowed me to lead a life of leisure for 30 years, doing nothing to earn a monthly pension and the regular cost-of-living raises that come with it, money that more than covers all my expenses. I have a roof over my head, am surrounded by an extended family, have affordable health care, never owe the IRS, and whatever is going on in the world locally or globally has had very little impact on my life. I'm just here, dangling under the radar, breathing air that doesn't even belong to me. What's wrong with this picture? 1 1 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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