“You was my brother, Charley,” he says. “You shoulda looked out for me a little bit. You shoulda taken care of me, just a little bit, so I wouldn’t have to take them dives for the short-end money…I coulda had class. I coulda been a contender. I coulda been somebody, instead of a bum, which is what I am.” On The Water Front
“You’re the fastest runner but you’re not allowed to win”
There is a fallacy today that the cream rises to the top. In our materialistic, capitalistic society success is so often measured by monetary accumulation. Simply put, the bigger the bank account the more successful the person. As the theory goes those that are more ‘prosperous’ are ‘superior’. That is the whole concept of Social Darwinism. Like beasts evolving in the jungle, those the most adept at survival take their rightful place at the top of the food chain. The problem is we’re not beasts we’re human beings.
The society that man is created is far from natural. Even animals taken away from their natural wilderness environment display bizarre behavior. There was once an experiment involving rats. The scientist wanted to see how rats would behave under adverse but livable conditions. So rats were packed very tightly into a cage. However the cage was properly cleaned and enough food and water was given for survival. What happened was that the rats began to act with deviant behaviors. They formed gangs, aborted babies, and got violent.
We live in environments are not natural. Furthermore economics dictates the ways and means of our cities. Look at the beautiful ornate churches and the mansions once constructed. Now everything seems to be a gigantic box bowing down to the god of efficiency. Nature preserves are being diminished while wildlife being made extinct. Man must realize that he is not above nature as a master, but rather part of the greater whole. Right now man is serving as a cancer and society is not progressing forward but heading backwards.
So if one is ‘top dog’ I say that today’s standards used are false. For many rich people attain the ill gotten booty but violence and manipulation. Look at colonialism and see the evils therein. So the successful society today is the one that was the most ruthless and savage. In the same way we should not applaud the school yard bully we should in no way or fashion commend those who pillaged and murdered to acquire material possessions.
Of course this ‘rat race’ that we live in takes a toll on our mental health. He are a bunch of screwdrivers being used as hammers. Society’s aim should be the betterment of all and not just the betterment of a few wealthy. All the resources of the land were meant to be shared, not just with fellow human beings but with our brothers and sisters the animals.
I want to point out the achievement of the African American in the world of sports. There was a time when people of color were excluded from participation in professional sports. The ongoing theory was that they were ‘inferior’ and could not compete. Now, based on percentages, African Americans are prospering in sports beyond their light skinned counterparts.
Capitalism pretends to support a ‘free market’ where the best will naturally rise to the top. But what we have today is called ‘crony capitalism’. That is a situation where the rich create a system which takes care of themselves. It is no less than an ‘economic dictatorship’. If the playing field was indeed equal I think that the results would be just like it was in sports, with the achievement of people kept down.
How are the poor systematically oppressed? Inferior schools, illegal drugs pumped in by the C.I.A., discriminated from economic opportunities, denied access to live in various areas, a presence of police brutality. It’s hard to learn when you’re hungry and your classroom is overcrowded.
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