Das Kapital: (n) a work (1867) by Karl Marx, dealing with social strata and containing the tenets on which modern communism is based.
Some people view history as an exercise in deciding where to put the hats. I’m talking about choosing which characters get black hats, which get white ones and then, leaving some individuals hatless.
It is over-simplistic.
Das Kapital is a book written by a frustrated man who was tired of the inequity of capitalism.
If he were living today—maybe in his late twenties—he might just be running around wearing a Bernie Sanders t-shirt.
He might be objecting to the treatment of young black men in the urban communities.
And he certainly would be demanding equal pay for women, more respect for aliens entering the country and medical treatment to honor humanity rather than bowing to bank accounts.
Karl Marx basically believed that capitalism was a failed experiment which left too few wealthy, and way too many impoverished.
It is a sympathetic point when viewed solely in the pursuit of all things in life being even.
But as we learned from our friend, Charles Darwin, the universe is not balanced. It operates under “the survival of the fittest,” with creatures crawling over one another to gain predominance.
It’s rather humorous that these two men lived at the same time and their works were being passed around the intellectual community as if they were in agreement.
They were not.
Darwin insisted that the strongest survived.
Karl Marx contended that equality was essential to make society moral.
So which one is it?
Are we supposed to develop a world where everyone is taken care of in some balanced format?
Or does the natural order itself rebel against that idea and applaud the fittest, the strongest and in some ways, the most ruthless?
This is why I have always believed in faith.
For suggesting that generosity, sharing and balancing of goods can be established through the government or the people is a total farce.
No one gives up their turf unless their spirit initiates it. Why? Because we are creatures of Darwin’s drama, trying to find a way to still appear equitable, as in Karl Marx’s Das Kapital.
There you have it.
This is why things are so messy and dishonest.
Any Christian sitting in a sanctuary would find some of the teachings of Jesus of Nazareth on point with Das Kapital by Karl Marx.
But that same believer would also find the opinions of Jesus of Nazareth to coincide with Darwin’s Origin of the Species.
For the overwhelming message of Earth is very simple:
The system of the Natural Order is cruel.
So how do we overcome the cruelty?
- Learn the Earth.
- Get good at it.
And when you’re successful, strong, in position, share with those you meet who have been left out or overwhelmed by it.