I have to admit that I am not a “true” believer in the capitalist system belief that we must always consume more and more as the years pass. My ingrained simplicity seems to be very counter to that idea.
In both religion and economics, absurd belief too often leads to atrocious action.While the consequences of misguided belief are well-documented in the study of religion, we rarely use comparable standards to critique the religious-like faith bestowed upon our current economic system. We believe that economic “growth” is the single most important key to unlocking the sacred doors of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. However, the facts of the matter and narratives of the masses reveal a far different picture. As our globalized fiscal cycle is now calibrated to impose repeated tragic failures, and because it seems to legitimize inequality and destruction of the Earth as virtuous and inevitable, the time is long overdue to expose the false beliefs and oppressive impact surrounding our contemporary economic edifice.
It is interesting to see the commonality between our current religious systems and our economic system. I have been convinced for some time now that religions as they exist today are out of tune with the times. Most seem to be stuck in a 19th century mode of flat-earth and Victorian morality. There are just too many people, particularly in the religious realm, who have failed to accept our national diversity and the corresponding social changes that have occurred.
Our economic system of more and more seems to be in that same mode. It is not good enough for a corporation to provide a healthy dividend year over year to it stockholders, they must now grow to a bigger and bigger bureaucracy. This never big enough mentality is primarily responsible for much of the outsourcing that has been going on. You must maximize profits in EVERY way possible or you will go down in the dustbowl of history.
Maybe it is time to say “enough is enough”. Maybe it is time to bring back the three-legged-stool where the customers, the workers,and the stockholders have equal weighting in corporate decisions. Maybe it is time to realize that growth for its own sake is killing our capitalistic system. But how do you accomplish that and who will actually be the first CEO to institute it? That is the major question of our times.