A scorpion asks a frog to carry it across a river. The frog hesitates, afraid of being stung, but the scorpion argues that if it did so, they would both drown. Considering this, the frog agrees, but midway across the river the scorpion does indeed sting the frog, dooming them both. When the frog asks the scorpion why, the scorpion replies that it was in its nature to do so.
The above parable could be used to describe the actions of capitalists. The unfortunate desires that inspire extremist capitalist behavior are deeply embedded into the minds of those individuals who practice such an ideology.
It is said that unreasonable people cannot be reasoned with. Capitalists are unreasonable people. They strive for personal gain at the expense of all others. They drip with ruthless ambition. They have no care for the consequences of their actions.
If a responsible and decent member of society attempts to negotiate, or conduct business with a capitalist, then it should be accepted as inevitable that the capitalist will renege or deceive or betray, if the capitalist believes that in doing so they can further progress their own agenda regardless.
Capitalists do not worry about principles nor do they have scruples. Such failings may show themselves fleetingly or over a more prolonged period.The capitalist will care only about looking after him or herself, and perhaps also the small clique that surrounds them. They may, on occasion, toss some scraps from their over-laden tables to the needy and dispossessed, but this will only happen when the capitalist has too much and, perhaps, feels a moment of (what passes in the capitalist mind as) generosity.
To summarize, if we are dealing with capitalists, then we should never be surprized when they let us down. We can be disappointed. We can be angry. Yet we must remember that they are acting in the only way that they know how. This is not to excuse them or their conduct. It does mean, however, that in recognizing the capitalist approach as a psychological disease, we might better learn how to deal with it.
My hope is that the number of figurative frogs in the world will diminish, as the number of scorpions of capitalism is reduced. Don’t be a victim… act.
(see Poetry section – The Free Market Without Food)