Dog Eat Dog: Creative vs. Competitive Capitalism

Our lives are reflective of what we focus on. Do we really believe our lives in capitalism to be a “Dog Eat Dog” scramble to the top? What does that idiom really mean?

Ironically, dog fighting has been popular in many countries throughout history and continues to be practiced both legally and illegally around the world. In fact, Michael Vick, one of the greatest NFL players served prison time for it, and climbed his career back out of millions of dollars of debt. So why do we use this form of language to describe our lives in Capitalism?

If a situation is dog eat dog, people will do anything to be successful, even if what they do harms other people. Reality T.V. comes to mind. Bribed politicians. Corrupt international policies. Banking scandals.

Reflect on that thought for a moment “Anything to be successful” and “Even if what they do harms other people.” Obviously healthy “Sportsmanlike” competition drives free enterprise markets, but why is it that globally, most people suffer for the basic necessities of life such as food, water, and shelter, while a smaller handful of people attempt to withold those very same resources. The Earth is Abundant, but economies are intentionally made scarce. Something isn’t right about our orientation to money and competition in Capitalism.

Imagine all the industries in the world where people compete: Food, Real Estate, Film, Music, Drugs, Banking, Law, etc. The list goes on and on. In every industry there is the potential for corruption and destructive competition and potential for creative innovation. However, Back stabbing, deceit, betrayal, theft, and scandal tend to run the headlines. The list goes on and on. Unfortunately, most people fall into this status quo of living blindly, and by the default of the general working force and media which supports it.

In fact, statistics were done that 80% of people with graduate degrees at some point cheated on their way through higher education. In order for us to increase value in individuals and organizations, we have to embrace creative capitalism vs. destructive competitive capitalism.

The default structure of capitalism is to exploit weakness. The goal of capitalism is to profit, historically from those weaknesses in others. The profit has often come at the expense of either the laborers ignorance, or the customers desire purchasing the product or service.

In the form of laborers, the profit was generated by forcing laborers to work for the lowest wage; essentially slavery. In the form of customers, it came in the form of selling an inferior product (like cigarettes) or many other destructive or harmful products that add pseudo psychological value to people but really eventually destroy people; essentially theft.

The competition within capitalism also bleeds over into Debt, Law, Financing and Banking. When debts are owed it is usually the debtor that is enslaved to the creditor; the laws, military, and police, enforce those agreements. If you are in debt, you will find this very fascinating.

Ironically, the fuel for capitalism is ultimately “compounding.” The history of compound interest is also very fascinating. Once discovered as a mathematical phenomenon, compound interest was once viewed as the worst kind of usury (which basically means taking advantage of others misfortunes) and was severely condemned.

Every spiritual and religious text on the planet speaks and condemns Usury. In fact, in the Bible, Christ runs Usurers out of the temple, so why is 99.9% of our financial system upheld by it?

Most people don’t realize this, but compound interest is a double edged sword which can be used to enslave people or free people. The only difference is BELIEF. If everyone in America suddenly believed that the dollar was now worthless. Poof. It would be. Likewise, if everyone in America suddenly believed the key to success was helping others. Poof. It would be.

More people simply believe in upholding negative news, “dog eat dog” mentalities, and negative compound interest, than working toward positive compound interest. It’s that simple. There are plenty of creative, collaborative, free market opportunities for people to believe in, decide on, and employ themselves in. However, most people choose to be exploited and enslaved mentally. Thanks, but no thanks!

For example, you can invest in a company and watch your assets grow and compound interest add value to your net worth. On the other hand, you can have an awful loan or credit card interest that negatively works against you…but you still go out, still spend excessively, still don’t read, still don’t educate yourself on the nuances of how to work compound interest positively. The end result is financial self-destruction.

For both companies and people to move forward now with better achievement and overall fulfillment, it’s important for us to embrace and celebrate a more creative form of capitalism which involves collaborating with people toward higher aims for humanity.

How do we do this? How do we overturn destructive capitalism totally and form creative capitalism?

The book Creative Capitalism, a conversation with Gates, Buffett, and other economic leaders  focuses on using business to do good in the world, and there are a lot of arguments against it (not surprised).

On a spiritual level, the concept of prosperity, abundance, and wealth is a state of mind. If we translate this abundant state of mind into our businesses and lives, we’ll achieve a more successful creative form of capitalism. Since money is an exchange of value, as our values shift, and if we believe in those shifts, we can create better businesses and lives.

So if you think the world is still a “dog eat dog” ruthless scramble to the top and you are willing to do whatever to harm yourself or others to get to the top. Stop it! Maybe it’s time to re-think how you think all together.  Do one better, and create your own reality by making a difference in someone’s life for the better!