Michael Novak once said , " Capitalism must be infused by that humble gift of love called caritas . " While this is a very moving and true concept , this is not the reality we live in . Our modern free enterprise , which derived its structure from the Catholic Church of the eighteenth century , is infused with many things , and love most certainly is not one of them.
Although , Capitalism is essential for us to continue progressing into a modern future; at some point in time, Capitalism lost its artlessness. What we are faced with , instead , is conglomerate dictatorship that uses material possession as the metaphorical dangling carrot in the face of the "working class" citizen . Our homogeneous sentiment in regards to work ethic is required to obtain a job and / or career in modern society. We call this " work ethic " , the industrialist call this " human capital " . Our business sectors profit from effective workers . The front line of any workforce is the face of a company . Companies do not want someone who does not embody the image that they choose to portray to the public . For example , if you walk into Wells Fargo, they have a professional greeter at the front door, standing next to cookies and coffee ready to direct the customer , with a smile , to the correct representative to conduct financial matters . Meanwhile , this Wells Fargo greeter could be abusing his wife or children when he goes home. As long as he is wearing the face and clothes of the company, he has a job.
The merit of someones actions, as well as personal character, is no longer means to know a someone . A majority of our population is striving to become apart of the Aristocrat minority. A person is now defined by material possession, the more you have, the more you have accomplished. We keep a solid work ethic in order to achieve promotions, a higher job title , and a positive social standing in the eyes of others. We view our homeless as social lepers, and not as our fellow man . While talking with my significant other about Why Beggars Are Despised , the first thing he noticed was "A beggar, looked at realistically , is simply a businessman, getting his living" as said by George Orwell. He immediately refused to read the article stating , " Homeless are not businessman, they are worthless !" I promptly followed his statement with, " If you could make 600.00 a week begging for change, would you?" He replied, "Hell yeah." Apparently , your worth is determined by currency not by character.
As said by David Landes , " Such that nature is subordinated to man, not surrounded by taboos." Means , essentially, that man is above nature, and we are not subject to the rules of nature . Which raises the question, if we are above nature what are we ? Some would say greed incarnate , I would have to agree...