Based on your negative reply and your link, I don't think I'd like "The Secret." Sounds spooky and definately not what I'm talking about unless you try to make those words fit into my mouth. IMO capitalism is nature for human beings. The whole idea of bartering and trading something for something else.
People are capitalist by nature
Prove it. Indeed, define "nature". I'll give you a tip though, to save time: You can't. So don't try to argue something as rediculous as this. If you insist though, be my guest. This is something I'm pretty well-versed in. But I digress.
Either way, just because something is "natural" to man doesn't mean it's a clever thing to do in a modern, developing world. Obvious examples: Rape, murder, oppresion. This is a general statement, I do not in any way agree that mankind is naturally capitalist. In fact I find the statement absolutely ludicrous.
If people are naturally capitalist, explain the hunter-gatherer lifestyle, where everybody provides for the community as a whole? Sure, later developments allowed instincts of greed to get a foot between the door, but originally, we were all a bunch of communists. And if people are naturally capitalist, why are some more inclined to be capitalist than others? Why would there be counter-capitalist ideologies? Isn't human nature a more general term than that? Or perhaps you mean to say that some people grow up to be capitalists, while others don't? Or are they all closet-capitalists?
So Hostile, are you one of those people who actually believe bullshit like The Secret? Because that's what your "achievers" rhetoric stinks of. Do you really think it's the people's fault they're being cut short?
Note: I am not a communist, nor do I think communism is human nature. I don't believe in either capitalism or communism because both require a certain kind of faith or will to follow. Communism requires a belief in the eventual good of man, while capitalism requires me to believe that competition can lead to improved lives for all. I have no such pretentions or desires. As for what is human nature; nothing. No such thing as a concrete definition of human nature.
Does the hunter gatherer thing really need to be explained? People go out and gather food in many forms through gathering and hunting for the greater good of the tribe. While it worked in the day, aren't we abit more evolved than having to go back to living in communes (tribes) ?
I see where you are going, what came first the commune (tribe) or the barter/trader. I'd assume the tribe. Is that what you want, to return to the ways of the commune? And to answer your second question about why some are more capitalist than others, easy because some people think they deserve something from the tribe and others teach the tribe to better themselves.
Remember the old saying "give a man a fish and you feed him for a day, teach him to fish and you feed him for a lifetime."
I'd rather learn to fish than have to be forced to take a fish from the fisherman without giving him anything in return because "he owes the tribe so."
I agree, nature is the biggest capitalist. Small fish eat parasites off the skin of large fish. Bees trade pollen for honey. Small mammals deposit seeds in their feces in exchange for the nutrition provided by the fruit they ate. I totally agree...
Most ideologies are pretty useless at defining human nature. If anything, Darwin is the closest, combined with Maslov's hierarchy of needs. Left and right are just excuses for those in a advantageous position to keep their status quo.
If you want to call that capitalist then a lot of things can be called capitalist. Nature would be the biggest capitalist of them all. And I really wouldn't call that an ideology well-developed by human philosophies.