I sit here today after a very long and arduous journey of more than two years. That journey began with a plummet 3.5 stories from a building in Sydney, Australia. That was the defining moment in this story.
Seconds define our future.
That accident was a simple end for outsiders. An external view built on my reaction to recovery.
He survived. He miraculously recovered. He beat the odds. He is the same.
I am not the same.
Part of my recovery that took me through a wondrously hard yet perplexing journey was Brain Injury. Part of that was a feeling of being trapped yet witnessing the outsiders as though they were not seen, felt or indeed there were those that couldn’t give a damn of how you feel and attack with great ferocity. Your trapped sense of self did not block your vision (in my case as there are many examples). It only made you seem different to the external parties, haters and non-haters alike.
This situation made me think about Capitalism. Why? Why would illness make you think of Capitalism? Money? Stock Markets and bosses to brighten your day?
Capitalism is the social system this illness encountered. The situation made me feel that there are several individuals out there that consider you as a growing, loving and living human. Others think you are little more than a mechanism of money generation. The Brain Injury made it harder for me to ignore these people as I once did. You become raised to compete against all others, if you do not deliver then you should be shunned, belittled or thrown to the kerb with little care for your monetary need, with little care for any issues and for little care toward your humanity. These people approach others with homelessness in mind, an all too common effect of Brain Injury.
I say humanity not as a Capitalist. I say it as a natural existence here on this planet. An ant or a fly fits nicely into a similar existence. We are all animals. A tree grows and a blossom blooms. You are not a machine, despite the approach of some to success and eventually their approach to life – albeit uneducated, self absorbed and lacking in the depth that the human condition creates.
Over my recovery I have been fired on numerous occasions, as I did not do a task while being yelled at, faster than the blink of an eye and without an element of hate in my belly. Finding good jobs was difficult and I was thrown into less than average employment situations.
Read these words everyone. I am sorry if one cannot understand what I am writing, or maybe one is reading and not yelling?
Many of the challenges I faced in the end of my recovery were not my own. It was the reality of Capitalism in its traditional sense. Make money, production, make more money, organisation, make money, build company, get rich, take advantage of the lesser human and make money. Be a leader…yell.
Capitalism works. I genuinely believe it is the most useful system that Humans have created to date and yet I think Capitalism has gargantuan flaws if not monitored correctly. I believe our future lives in a more social capitalism where the benefit goes to all and not to the few at the top as they yell at workers. Humans deserve respect.
Humans should be helping one another to achieve goals and should not demonise people. Brain Injury taught me this. It also taught me that too many rely on regulation to achieve human rights. Humans can be the opposite of C&^%$ very easily, I think.
Brain Injury Survivors are altered by the environment and by nature. By the calamity of life and by the very reasoning behind why the Earth is here and who we are.
Brain Injury issues should not be considered issues in a more egalitarian society. We must learn to understand how we can help to alleviate issues to ‘normality’, in my case such as speed. Speed with attention to detail was my flaw and could be solved with one extra minute without yelling. Anger is not the foundation for good work effort and I gladly say that many who have fired me did not have the intellect to see into nature and past their own one minute with elevated voices and putrid approaches to human rights in regard to them. Some were the boss or some were best friends with the boss…they had not worked their way into such positions through talent.
Think before you act. Do not hate. This is where Capitalism has failed in some regard. This hate. Why? Why do we seek to hate? Hate is not a product of Capitalism but in the production of the system it can be produced. The end result should be efficiency. Working together to increase monetary value. Not hate. That is a human characteristic thrown into Capitalism and flawing the system.
The other day I went to see a new home and I hugged my new roommate goodbye. She returned the favour and said, “that was different?”
We get so caught up in the organisational abuse of our lives that we take our anger out on others. Our fear of that anger and worry of others opinions does that too. That has to stop, or we must work towards annihilating it. Another should never feel your problems. This is where Capitalism begins to fail. Not with making money for oneself. It fails by making money in an effort to destroy others.
That is not right. Social Capitalism is not socialism. It is utilising the Capitalist system for your own good and the good of others also. Can you spare one minute for a co-worker or one minute for the elderly crossing the street or one minute for yourself to be happy in your life achievements outside of your bank balance?
Capitalism is currently the best answer.
What kind of Capitalism do you want us to live together in?
By Paul McMahon, Truth Inside Of You.