How To Become An Enlightened Capitalist

Applying the art and science of EEPPSA (efficiency, effectiveness, precision, productivity, and self-awareness) to business.

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What I learned in my half-century of Zen and Taoist studies, and as a successful capitalist and philanthropist, was that most humans are pulled to and fro by lust, anger, greed, envy, vanity, attachment, and ego. The best we can do day today is what we need to do and do it with a combination of love and street smarts. With this in mind, I can honestly tell you that capitalism is among the most positive forces in human history.

When viewed from the bigger picture it is an expression of all the best things an economic system can offer a creative, innovative, and visionary thinker. Those who attack capitalism as an expression of power, negative influence, and greed are confusing capitalism, with the darker aspects of the human psyche. One need only look closely at what has become of most of the “so-called’ humane and idealistic economic, and social systems in history to see what a positive force capitalism can be. No matter how lofty many of the systems may have been conceptually, in the end, they either failed or were transformed by the natural human inclination for competition, hierarchal behavior, and reciprocal altruism.

Even the kibbutz movement in Israel originally altruistically driven collective communities have become, on many levels capitalistic. Though they were traditionally based on agriculture and service to each other, today they have expanded into other economic branches, including industrial plants and high-tech enterprises. Kibbutzim began as utopian communities, a combination of socialism and Zionism. In recent decades, some kibbutzim have been privatized and changes have been made in the communal lifestyle.

The word “capitalist” can mean two things:

· someone who likes to do business independently of an employer,

· it can also mean someone who invests, such as a venture capitalist invests in new businesses. An enlightened capitalist can invest in things that make the world a better place for present and future generations.

The basics of conscious capitalism are as such:

· Business sells things that people want or need.

· Investors in business make extra money (profit).

· Investors can take their profit and invest it in more businesses, in making the

business bigger, or serving others through this profit.

· Investors can get more profit if businesses are successful.

· The investors use profits to fulfill their needs and reinvest the rest to serve others.

Ultimately service to others cannot be mandated by the state or some regulating agency. The poor and disadvantaged need and deserve a social safety net. But as often as not it is the choice made by an extraordinary person seeking to do extraordinary things that makes the world a better place.

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