How many of us work for a profit?
What motivates us to work?
My contention as stated in many of my articles is that profit displaces need.
Put differently my theory is that were there no profit there would be less need.
I think that would be hard for anyone to argue against and achieve a majority of agreement from an educated audience.
All humans are intelligent .... and some are educated to varying degrees.
What we are taught isn't always relevant or factually correct.
Events do not dictate reality. OUR actions dictate reality.
This is a simple fascinating premise that could generate hundreds of articles and millions of disputes.
This moment I'm looking at one item and it's effect on all of humankind.
One of the bricks of capitalism is the premise that a human being needs to be motivated to work.
Capitalists claim they are assisting humanity in this regard by providing jobs and paying wages.
This of course assumes that workers accept currency as representing an exchange of real value - their labor versus the desired outcomes of the capitalists.
The very core of value, is life itself as embodied in nature. This is another article subject worth discussing in depth.
What is profit? Does the existence of profit increase or decrease human hunger on earth?
That is easy to determine on a relative basis.
What feeds a hungry, perhaps starving child? A mercedes benz or food?
What is work ethic? Is our willingness to work motivated by profit? No.
We work unwillingly most of the time in order to eat, cloth ourselves and afford shelter. In addition we often need transportation to travel to where work exists.
Why unwillingly? Because most are either not skilled or not given the opportunity to do what they enjoy in order to live.
Many humans from birth are confined in an invisible social prison cell - dictated by society.
Most often society as a whole is ignorant or those who are satisfied with their situation prefer to look the other way.
Humans are beautiful in that regard and most of us adapt and accept our fate.
But what controls that fate?
Desires and wants and expectations that exceed what is fair generate the need for surplus that IS NOT shared by everyone.
Many readers here are receiving some minuscule distribution of the profits of capitalism. The overwhelming majority of profits ends up in the hands of very few human beings on earth.
My fundamental belief is that there can be NO profit unless and until needs are met for all human beings.
If we are truly intelligent there can be no alternative but to act intelligently.
However most humans do not see themselves as being entitled to live in fairness and equality.
Here in America we will point out to one another why someone must starve while another wastes.
That is a lie.
The conclusion one must reach if intelligent and knowledgeable is that if there were no profit there would be no jobs - yet all would work as a whole to fulfill human needs.
That would not preclude scientific and technological progress ... everyone would work and everyone would benefit.