Money and capital are making a mockery of all the core values of humanity and are holding these values up for sale to the highest bidder. Around 200 years ago Karl Marx had talked about the demonic aspect of capital – if the gains and profits are appropriate and within limits, capital has a strong and positive position. A 10% gain ensures some degree of anxiety while 50% brings forth over-confidence and cockiness. A gain of 100% results in the willingness to flout all values and rules and for profits of 300% there is no limit to the depths into which mankind can sink.
All money tends to corrupt
As the saying goes – all money tends to corrupt and absolute money corrupts absolutely. The minute one starts measuring the worth of everything in terms of money, it is the beginning of the end. People’s greed for money makes them forget all that is good, all that is pure and true. As money becomes more and more important to people, it corrodes their soul, it destroys their morals and values and sense of ethics; it makes them corrupt, dishonest, immoral and dangerous.
Capital /money / capitalism has dehumanized mankind for its own ends – it has created a dichotomy in society: a handful of people enjoying the fruits of wealth and prosperity and the vast majority living a life of want, insecurity and danger.
Money makes more money
Money makes more money, as a result the rich have all possible resources to increase their wealth; in contrast the poor have no avenues for progress. This ugly face of capitalism prompted protagonists of capitalism to remedy this desperate and undesirable situation by giving it a more humane aspect.
This brings to mind Rabindranath’s thoughts and words on the issue: “In the history of mind there have been major situations akin to a shower of fireworks which have left us speechless with their speed and intensity. These bursts of fire have not only mocked our little domestic lamps but have caused the countless stars in the sky to be overshadowed. But we, as humans, should not allow these fireworks to affect our personal lamps and put them out. We need to bear these situations with fortitude and recognize that while these fire-bursts are attractive they are not permanent.”
When you put a price on anything
It is not possible for any civilization to survive and thrive when the lamps of the human soul have been blown out. When you put a price on anything, you destroy its intrinsic value and this has a negative effect on morals and values. Money has a tendency to destroy values that are worth preserving and nurturing. It pushes out goodness, altruism, human dignity, kindness, empathy and concern. And when that happens the very fabric of life gets torn apart. But money is ephemeral – the satisfaction it brings is transient. It does not last. So while people enjoy money when it is there the wisest thing to do is accept the impermanence of the money and develop and sustain solid human values and beliefs.