Evolution and Capitalism
by The Punk Patriot
Our society today has largely been shaped by the selfish individualism of Ayn Rand, in ways we won’t fully understand for centuries.
So much so, that nobody growing up in this age knows any different from it. People raised in the post-Reagan world see these drastic changes in human behavior as just being the status-quo.
Individuals are having to change in order to better cope with this new environment that Ayn Rand’s philosophy has created.
Empathy, something born from the communal lifestyle of our ancestry in social mammals, is becoming maladaptive.
To become a member of the most successful elite, one needs to behave in ways that are anti-social, misanthropic, disingenuous, and cold-hearted.
Now average lay people might call such behavior immoral, or they might call such a person a “selfish asshole”, but this type of behavior is actually beneficial to the individual, given the confines and structures of our autistic economics.
The very things we think of as making us human: love, empathy, concern for others, are now in the world we live in, maladaptive behaviors.
The Neo-human, the human evolving to best suit this crazy new breed of hyper-capitalism, has no genetic needs to socialize, to love, to be loved, to care or be cared for. What this Neo-human needs to survive, can be purchased with money.
Emotional currency is useless and worthless to him. With no desire to be loved, and no empathy for others, this autonomous being feels no emptiness, and does not feel lonely. He can kill with out a second thought.
Contemporary psychology will call this person a sociopath, but contemporary psychology is still mired in the mammalian standards of what is normal. Soon, as hyper-capitialism reaches a crescendo, and our social norms are slowly redefined by this dramatic shift, it will turn out that WE were crazy for thinking our systems morality had value.
I wouldn't corner the trend towards emotional deactivation only to hyper capitalism, though i think it is its main cause. I would say there is a dramatic apathy associated with post capitalism as well, where those who recognize they do not fit into the capitalist modality do not search for there own place to belong. Capitalism teaching profit first abandons those who do not agree, ideally those with different ideals would evolve into positive action but i think an increasing number devolve into boredom and night time line up t.v. With this acute anti-capitalist apathy plaguing people who could otherwise be motivated to meaningful lives. While being essentially a civil libertarian, i am not a political libertarian. i may not agree with massive centralized government but i can recognize the need for some government and the government that is needed should do its best to be just, fair, and competent.ReplyDelete
sorry got distracted - - the capitalist sociopath can kill because there isn't any value in anything past the prime motivation of profit and the apathetic socipath can kill because nothing matters if profit (or other social norms) aren't first in mind or spirit.