The capitalist system is a tower to enlightenment as long as the wealthy do not seek further wealth, but rather what lies beyond wealth -- to articulate life. I envision a spiritual class, moving among the people like globes of soothing light, spreading relief and making predators and boss-men weep at their own wickedness.
The fundamental problems are the failure to recognize the inevitability of suffering and the belief that more wealth will prevent it. Excess wealth creates excess poverty and exacerbates suffering. We become agents of suffering and equal recipients of its wrath. We don't all need to be musicians constantly startled by their proximity to the divine, but as capitalists, to please elevate something over money. Music is easiest. Then community.
People are connected to place and to each other. The myth of individualism, where a person by virtue of his or her actions and decisions is the sole creator of his or her fate, endangers all of us. It's mostly to whom you're born and what's in your genes.
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