Conscious Capitalism

by Nick Andrea

Our economic system is failing because of a cultural problem called the “profit motive,” or, the desire to accumulate more than we need. At some point it became ingrained in the cultural overmind that in order to have enough we needed to get more than the next guy, to “get ahead,” as it were. This has led from one form of slavery to another. And, yes, slavery still exists today. Just go to Walmart.

Yet, the profit motive is delusional because life is naturally non-profit. What we take with us when we die is spiritual, not material. We have to give it all up, eventually, so there is nothing to gain in life but life itself. Money supports that, but is not that.

I envision a world attuned to this truth, where monetary gain is no longer the the primary motivator but more of a byproduct. Yes, we need a certain amount of money to live, just like we need food, water, and shelter. However, is having those things enough to be spiritually satisfied? If we are not enjoying what we’re doing, if we are not inspired by the people we work with, if we are not living authentically, then what will all the money in the world do for us?

No, money alone cannot buy our happiness. Is it possible, therefore, to imagine a society whose work ethic is about doing something gratifying, something creative, perhaps, that reaches beyond our individual selves? Is it possible that the love of what we do, that the creativity we embody, that our authentic expression become the values driving our vocational choices?

If we want to nurse our economic system back to health we have to change our values. No policy change is going to help us until that happens.


About NickAndrea19

My goal has always been and continues to be the liberation of minds, my own and what influence I may have on others, to perceive the extraordinary beauty all around us. To this end, I write, play music, and design websites. Don't hesitate to contact me for more information about any of these activities. :)
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2 Responses to Conscious Capitalism

  1. Lori D says:

    Why wouldn’t the all-encompassing goodness of God not want us to prosper? Why is it evil to enjoy prosperity? Prosperity can come in many ways, but if someone makes a wealthy living doing something that they love and enjoy, why is it wrong? What if greed is that soul’s life lesson? Who am I to tell them they aren’t allowed to be greedy? For that matter, who am I to tell someone they aren’t allowed to be with someone of the same sex? Why is someone “spiritually enlightened” if they are tolerant of the gay community, but not tolerant of the rich? Why is it someone else’s decision for my soul to be released from “slavery” at Walmart, when my soul may be calling forth a lesson it may need to learn from such a place? Why does God/The Divine/The Universe allow us freedom to err, to suffer, to learn, to not learn, to experience joy and sorrow, but it’s okay for humans to NOT allow us the freedom to err, to suffer, to learn, to not learn, to experience joy and sorrow? If God doesn’t even control these things, why do humans think it is their job to control them? Are humans above God?

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