Can Idealism Survive in Capitalism’s Universe?

Kurt Lykke Lindved, UN
Manager EAC, Founder AACCH
Maritime Laws Ph.D
Honored Dutch Consul
Artist, Lecturer and Composer
Author and Globetrotter

Capitalism’s fundamental values ​​have been on a hard test since the worldwide financial crisis started in 2008. A global crisis we have seen before, why it should have been enough to prevent a crisis like the one we are struggling with now in the whole world.Nothing repeats itself and the current situation is not like previous crises, the concept is paved with manipulation via the Internet’s invisible image of reality, which among other things was exploited by Lehman Brothers resulting in the so-called “subprime crisis”.Dominoes fell on the strip in the capitalist part of the world, and all asked gaping “how could this happen”. Well we know some of the history behind these scandals, but perhaps not enough to hedge the normal course, where everything had been inflated to unrealistic values, why the world’s current bankroll was more paper, share exchange rates and air balloons on the Internet banking affairs. Banks and investment firms around the world slept more than an hour and are barely awakened yet. The capitalist system had received a blow and so much, that it may take a whole generation to licking the wounds again.

According to the legends, there are many idealists in the world and I might be tempting to believe in the ideals behind idealism’s actual attitudes to society and the lifestyle that unfold their wings of a financial crisis, that we have experienced since 2008. Is it possible to define idealism as a counterpoint to capitalism or is idealism just a hatched child of capitalism’s sometimes vicious circles?

Busyness on the stock exchange market – Every day a new turn in the stock market’s ups and downs!

I am quite sure that we all at some point in our lives considered idealism’s wings in our thinking, but visions may at any time rebut thoughts to facts. The distance between idealism and capitalism is not long, especially from two shortcuts, which are weighing heavily in idealism’s otherwise positive approach to everything. The two Shortcuts are “When the Manger with Money is Empty” and “More will have More when success suddenly is running in fifth gear”. The best known example today is the facebook boss and his ideal underwater objectives, which became a success and later a stock market listed company in the hope of making it big. The less successful idealists will often test the several methods of capitalism’s conditions – If this should end up less successful is it always possible to fall back on idealism’s platform, but only in thinking and a lifestyle forced upon which capitalism was proclaimed before – an enemy of the worst drawer.

Perhaps an exaggeration, but it promotes the understanding.

Communism have been tried and tested without major success, and the part of the world that have chosen communism’s name as their system may be titled as salon-communists without knowledge of communism actual substance.

It remains still upon capitalism as a financially tool as idealism does not have any actual weapon, that can match or overtake capitalism in the present model. Capitalism has become a magnet to attract even violently opposed because of the lack of alternatives.

I will not defend capitalism as being the best financial tools – perhaps the next best after

The message can be good and intellectually formulated in pictures, but heaven does not accept what-as-any!

the model we do not know yet. We are now at a crossroad, where people of the world must think, be creative and not least farsighted, and here is needed among other idealists who can formulate and clarify a shift to another system that can be used anywhere in the world and not only hot air or dreamy images of a paradise on earth. Any change in habits and ways of thinking requires time, why the foundation of both a new model of society and government must be carried out on a long-term basis and absorbed from generation to generation. A neighboring thinking in the first round could be the establishment of smaller communities, without sizes like the big elephants as Russia, China,  United States and the European Union, which has led the way to a form of governance, that is both slow and expensive without greater contact to people in remote regions and even in large cities, where people only feel the air breathing in the neck from the central administration and leading politicians.

No film can be produced without capitalism’s golden eggs.

Both idealism and capitalism has good and bad sides, but seen from above is the capital’s otherwise dead coins in power over all whether rich or poor, and the question is whether the idealist one arm suddenly will receive a jackpot in the form of a brand new system – A new world order without the conspiracy’s useless, airy and secret visions.”Your life is your own responsibility” and responsible people should also help, or at least think about how the world’s sick, poor, hungry and homeless can have a better life whether it’s on idealism or of capitalism’s conditions – If this is impossible, everything else does not matter!

The world is otherwise the best planet I know – but without a royal currency in hand, it would be impossible to travel, discover and explore the world from a deck chair even for a fee if it is on foreign soil.

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Professional – Career * Qualified as a Charter Agent in the East Asiatic Company - Became a State Authorized Shipping Broker in 1969 * Captain in The Sirius Patrol – Greenland at Thule Air Base, 1969-1971 * Postings in New York, New Orleans, Toronto, Rio de Janeiro, Lagos and London as Charter Agent and Manager 1972 – 1983 working for The East Asiatic Company Ltd. – Copenhagen * 24 years with The East Asiatic Company Ltd and subsidiary companies as Charter Agent, Marketing and Development Manager; and General Manager * Supplementary courses and examinations in Maritime and Commercial Law Management. * Founder and Owner of Sonata Production, Art and Music International Inc. – France & Denmark 1995 – present - Entertainment, Lectures, Concerts, Exhibition Events, CD, DVD and Video Recordings. Professional – Freelance * Qualified as trumpet player at Aarhus Music School – Denmark * Professional musician with several orchestras and bands – including the Matadors, Saratoga Jazz Band, Rice Wood Jokers and Aarhus Brass Band. * Leader of ”Show and Entertainment Group 28 Carat” and the Evening & Theatre School 28 Carat * Self-taught Artist (painter) Lecturer and Writer * Responsible for several large Theatre and Exhibition Events Worldwide Awards * Dutch Consul, Denmark * Goodwill Ambassador – Various Non-Profit Organizations
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6 Responses to Can Idealism Survive in Capitalism’s Universe?

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  2. olga lustosa says:

    Idealism should counterpose the materialistic doctrines, such capitalism. Since idealism is based on a basic element: the individual thought. But idealism is no longer a formal commitment to an ideal, regardless taking personal advantages, especially materials. Today´s actions are all connected and there is only a thin line separating capitalism from others doctrines.
    Idealism sometimes seems to be just a dream that is not worth remembering in the next day.

    But I am from a country where people still can not lose the romanticism, the idealism, because much of what we have gotten came from some idealistic minds.

    As always Kurt, thank you for bringing such wise subjects to be discussed.

  3. Nancy Seifer says:

    Kurt, Thank you for your probing thoughts about capitalism and idealism. I agree very much with Alasdair’s comments.

    This phrase especially caught my eye: “…idealism does not have any actual weapon…” It’s so true. I lived my early years as an idealist, only to become thoroughly disillusioned by the world created by capitalism. Then I discovered that to create a new world, one that nourishes human ideals, we have to first change ourselves. We need to shift the perception of ourselves from separate individuals leading separate lives to the reality of our interdependence and interconnectedness.

    Capitalism is based on a separatist state of consciousness which leads to ‘competition to the death,’ as we’re now witnessing. Communism, as practiced in the past by use of force, produced a spiritual death (as does, interestingly, the present version of capitalism).

    According to the modern wisdom teachings, our future involves a higher state of consciousness, one that belongs to the soul, the higher self of the human being. This Self perceives the oneness of all life — of our Earth and all its inhabitants (not to mention other worlds coming into awareness). When the soul’s perception of oneness shapes our understanding and experience of life then, I believe, we will have a new system of economics that benefits all. In my understaunderstanding it will be a form of ‘spiritual communism’ in which people, recognizing their essential unity with others, willingly and voluntarily share resources. So, we have a long way to go. But seeing the consequences of ‘jungle capitalism’ may help to move us in that direction.

    • lindvedpress says:

      Dear Nancy and Alasdair,

      Thank you so much for your good and detailed comments in relation to this topic.

      I’m actually in line with your perception of the situation as it was before and now. Historically, capitalism has actually been a dominant part of life’s basic element in all kinds of man’s lifestyle be it welfare and status symbols but mistakenly managed by man’s otherwise intelligent level. It has been an unequal struggle for many idealistic souls to find the right shelf, and as Nancy writes is it often followed by a major disappointment when reality’s facts suddenly shows the true face.

      I am currently in the process of writing an article entitled “I am reincarnated in Denmark without my permission” – A satire like version but also a documentary report from my own journey through life’s deeper challenges when uncertainty about my own situation was reassessed in the ties between my inner conviction and people around me.

      And I am also deeply involved in financial negotiations for the purchase of our dream house in Axat, France with all that this implies of capitalist and business challenges … -))) Maybe it helps that I have had a foot in both camps! !

      Best wishes from the Pyrenees Orientales
      Kurt

  4. Thank you for your thought provoking article Kurt. We live under the deep cloud that our Societies economic growth has been achieved only through centuries of arrogant depletion of our beautiful environment, making each of us spiritually, as well as physically impoverished.

    When we cultivate a respect for nature and each other, working from a place of compassionate interdependent intention, we then create a more loving world for All of us..

    The cosmologies of ethnic groups throughout the world work from the sacred understanding of the essence of nature, the notion of Cosmic Order.

    We each have a vital role to play in knowing of, and living respectfully within this sacred order, for we then replenish ourselves through the rhythm of nature, which acts so subtly to maintain the sub strata of our existence at our temporal level.

    If we wish for there to be a harmonious future for our children, then they need to be lovingly taught that nature is not a commodity, and that Her beautiful resources must be handled with immense care. All life is balance, and we are producing a world where we are all seriously imbalanced.
    Once a child is nurtured, through The Arts to develop their intuitive/creative faculties, they have a centredness.. a capacity, through the artistic mind, of design, building, repairing, growing, healing, awareness, expansiveness, to roam freely and without prejudice, these skills are needed more than ever …

    Grace and Gratitude
    Alasdair

    • lindvedpress says:

      Dear Nancy and Alasdair,

      Thank you for your good and detailed comments in relation to this topic.

      I’m actually in line with your perception of the situation as it was before and now. Historically, capitalism has actually been a dominant part of life’s basic element in all kinds of man’s lifestyle be it welfare and status symbols but mistakenly managed by man’s otherwise intelligent level. It has been an unequal struggle for many idealistic souls to find the right shelf, and as Nancy writes is it often followed by a major disappointment when reality’s facts suddenly shows the true face.

      I am currently in the process of writing an article entitled “I am reincarnated in Denmark without my permission” – A satire like version but also a documentary report from my own journey through life’s deeper challenges when uncertainty about my own situation was reassessed in the ties between my inner conviction and people around me.

      And I am also deeply involved in financial negotiations for the purchase of our dream house in Axat, France with all that this implies of capitalist and business challenges … -))) Maybe it helps that I have had a foot in both camps! !

      Best wishes from the Pyrenees Orientales
      Kurt

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