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When you just won't 'go along to get along'.

You do realize that that is the problem; most are going along to get along.

They have their lives, jobs, homes, families and really just want to 'make the best of it'; they never 'rock the boat' for fear that they may be aboard when it sinks.

What is this 'boat'? This system that most hold in awe and revere its 'achievements' and 'longevity'. It has carried through where others have failed, it would seem, through their rhetoric. They bring out examples of other 'systems' failing in the past and how they were 'domineering' and 'fascist' but yet I can't help but place those same descriptors to the current paradigm. Some try to excuse that by trying to convince me that they are just 'aspects' of those other 'systems' that are creeping in and distorting the true vision of 'capitalism'.

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I've peered down a great many 'rabbit holes' over the years but I never go 'all in'; I am the one whom people consider dangerous because I won't say much and simply listen or say everything (seemingly) in one breath and keep a fairly fluid understanding of the events taking place. With that said, this is not an article 'bashing capitalism' per se but rather an observation of experiences and knowledge acquired within what I have experienced.

What gets me is how people seem to want to chance going to a 'pure form' of this with aspirations (or delusions) that we will not eventually end up at exactly this same spot (only techier - too late) whose opinions are usually driven by programmed fears of those other 'dastardly' systems - the great battle of the -isms in the battle for the minds.

What I have seen in my 48 years in this body are the many great and wondrous things that this 'system', which many covet, creates. The first one that sticks out for me is 'competition', which in some instances can be a good thing but to base human life upon it and justify it away with a simple 'law of nature' excuse is simply beyond comprehension.

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"Well, competition drives innovation; without it you wouldn't even have that computer," I've heard people claim. Really? Like this computer that has a chip that is manufactured on the same line as faster chips but speeds are incrementally marketed to increase desire and a craving for the next 'best' thing. Create 'spending' rather than a 'quality' product then moving forward with 'real' innovations like those reserved for 'weapons research'; that kind of 'innovation'? The Henry Ford-type of innovation called 'planned obsolescence'?

It's all about your 'safety' folks when you can buy this car that brakes just fine but for more money, it can brake 'better'. Wouldn't want to make all cars brake better now; that would be too 'socialist' (I laugh as I write that). They are 'up-selling' you 'safety' instead of making a great product. This is simply one example of countless that our 'growth' economy provides within this model.

We compete for attention and to be recognized; to be 'better than others' through more things, better grades, more praise, more friends, more technology, more automation, more control, more punishment, more more more; we are addicted to MORE. At what point does having more than enough change your 'perception' of that 'drive'.

In the LIFE model of this 'competition' there is always a LOSER; measuring in real-life sufferings like lack of food because something outside of their control changed their 'environment'.

This has also brought with it many other beautiful human adventures such as:

Scarcity - which limits equal access to whatever is needed for life due to built-in 'constraints'. Ever notice how there is never enough money to help people but plenty of money (and ways) to kill or control them?

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Envy - people say that there is money for immigrants and they they are paying for it. Now there is a perfect manipulation scheme if I ever saw one - Divide and Conquer and there are so many levels possible.

Desires - constant streams of useless trinkets that break quickly enough to to be tossed aside by a short attention span demanding MORE.

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I often think about competition and how it creates losers.

I was a teacher for four decades, and Have children and grandchildren, so I have witnessed the benefits and motivation of competition, but I have seen the down side, too..

Also, I have a major in media studies and read, in the sixties "The Hidden Persuaders," by Vance Packard, which explained how the advertising mad-men led the way to the subtle influences that sell everything from soap to politicians by using subliminal messages!

They know that competition spurs ratings. They aim for that overweight, unhappy male who has lost so much in this world where the secret government stacks the odds against the people. ENDLESS SPORTS where they can lose themselves by rooting for a winner... on the weekends, endless football where leviathans slam into each other and rattle their brains into oblivion, and the winners are the losers...used by the owners and thrown away when they get old or damaged.

Packard was prescient, but even he couldn't have predicted the technological revolution of ubiquitous screens, the 62 inch HD, window on the world forever pumping out 24/7 news mixed with lies, and endless advertisements that let the people know they are losers if they don't own this or that!

Nor could he have predicted the tv swamp of COMPETITONS, where cooks compete, and where it is so sad to see the losers who've their heart set on winning. To see children compete is even sadder, when the losers cry! Families compete on Family Feud, the stupidest piece of crap that shows up on many channels... People compete for the 'funniest video' which shows real losers hurting themselves.

And of course, the ubiquitous, violence filled cop and spy dramas, where the winners are clones of the 'get it done' man and his woman partner... they win, and everyone else losses.

Interesting article. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

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Thank you, Susan, for the great comment.

Just another brain fart as I question everything in life.

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