Posted 12 years ago on Oct. 31, 2011, 5:17 p.m. EST by cpmorrison26
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it. Why is setting personal gain as the highest value a good social ideology? What about a society in which community gain is of higher value? One of my favorite song's by Eddy Vedder, called Society, addresses this point: if you think you have to want more than you need, until you have it all you won't be free. (this is plain and simple wisdom and truth. You should never seek more than you need, infact it should be a societal norm. Such a quest in life is as a prison of the mind. I am afraid however that those in power want to see such a revolution in which they gain more. Total power infact, over when and what we eat, where we live..etc. Wait capitalism already gave them that power, that's right. Look we need to take the power back for the people, and achieve a higher social consciousness based on total equality and community. The principles of our founder's failed because it was out of greed and selfish desire that they founded this nation. They wanted to achieve gentry status, to be aristocracy. They could not do so in England, in part do to the abolition movement already in full swing there. So they came to the new world, killed the indians, and built power for themselves on the backs of slaves and indentured servants. Facts are stubborn things, and these are the facts. Our system breaks down to two principle's: selfishness and greed. The only problem is that it failed. Why? Because we founded our nation on the worst aspects of human nature, people are more. They are also good, and selfless. We see it everyday. A soldier lay's his life down for his brothers, a person pulls a child from a burning building, someone give's an organ to a family member. These are not acts of divinity, they are uniquely Human. They are who we could be. You have to ask yourself what should be the founding principle of you society: greed or unselfishness. The better angels of our nature, or the worst.