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This is Previous-Essay <== This-Essay ==> Following-Essay Click HERE on this line to find essays via Your-Key-Words. {Most frequent wordstarts of each essay will be put here.} ========================================================== %PURE CAPITALISTIC SYSTEM ABLE INDIVIDUALS MOTIVE+030107 %TAKE CARE THEMSELVES ACCUMULATE WEALTH EXTENDED+030107 %FAMILIES TRIBES COMMUNIST SOCIALIST RIGHTS WORKS+030107 %FALLEN CRACKS VULNERABLE SICK WEAK DISABLED RISK+030107 %MENTAL ILLNESS DISEASE HOSPITAL PRISON UTHANASIA+030107 %CONTROL DOMINATION CRIMINALS GIVERS LOVERS HELPER 030107 In a purely capitalistic system, able individuals are motivated to work, take care of themselves, and accumulate wealth --- because the pure capitalistic system does NOT overtly make provisions for taking care of individuals who do NOT work, take care of themselves, and accumulate wealth. The purely capitalistic system does NOT explicitly encourage extended families to take care of their own --- as is the case in tribal communities, or in communist and socialist states and communes. In a purely capitalistic system the focus is upon the individuals' rights to be unique individuals, creative, and provide manufactured products and services at competitive prices. There are no explicit provisions in the HEART of the purely capitalistic system for taking care of people who are: sick, weak, disabled, victimized, mentally ill, mis-guided, etc. Such services create the risk of undermining the motivations of individuals to work, take care of themselves and accumulate wealth --- to live off of when they as individuals may be sick, weak, disabled, victimized, mentally ill, mis-guided, etc. The purely capitalistic system has had patches overlayed upon it --- to deal with some of its inadequacies; but it has not successfully dealt with the issues of raw greed, covetousness, concentrations of power, domination, preoccupations with achieving control/invulnerability; and what to do about individuals who are victims of mental illness, other communicable diseases, and tragedies. Mental illness is usually not engendered by bacteria, molds, virus, protozoa and prions --- as are most physiological dis-eases. However, mentally ill people do rob other people of the freedom to be at-ease; and so may cause others who are pre-disposed to mental illnesses to become mentally dis-eased. If each person is alone responsible for taking care of themselves --- what is society to do with mentally ill people who fail to take care of themselves? Put them in prison? Put them on the streets? Let them become criminals on their own through enlightened self-interest? Spread diseases to healthy people? Provide under-staffed & under-funded mental wards for them? Make use of selective euthanasia? Are people to be valued for how well they fulfill the expectations of the pure capitalistic system? Consider carefully the likely long-term- consequences of implicitly saying "yes" the last question! How will world-wide-communities respond to the threats posed against global integrity by the consequences of implicitly saying "yes" to the last question? (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================