Permanent Altruism

In the past, I had argued that various ideologies, one being the Marxian concept known as communism, was an impossible dream and at its heart, utopian, hence a utopian disaster. I cited the examples of the numerous failures of “communist states” and other repressive political regimes throughout history for this argument. I affirmed that socialism was the more realistic objective available, citing the weakness of human nature to go beyond that.  
All ideas should be thoroughly vetted and scrutinized, Marxism being no exception. Everything should always be held up to the light of criticism so that in the end, the truth will be revealed and truth is what the diligent seek. Indeed, ideas and concepts should be tested continually so as to not allow it to fall into the pit of stagnation and to discover truths previously unknown. During this stage of testing and reassessment, I have come to understand that perhaps not only is a type of permanent altruism as theory viable, but as practice perhaps possible. We cannot continue to live on our present course – we are on a road of self destruction. This is the road of capitalism. I truly believe that the solution for the ever increasing destruction requires obviously, an extremely radical alternative, something that will allow us to live differently from what is offered by the superstructure today. Currently private property is our “holy right,” the superstructure is in control of the means of production, based on fierce competition, while goods in society are distributed not according to need but according to economics, and class division is the foundation of this.
Forms of permanent altruism as practice is a possible alternative since historically, societies have exhibited such elements. Examples of these societies would be present day tribal societies, ancient agricultural societies and early Christian communal society, to name a few. History has shown us solid examples of this theory, made flesh and blood, in varying degrees of course. It may have not been the full picture but at least we are afforded glimpses of what this alternative consists of. Now understand that a permanent altruism does not mean perfection. Far from it. And the reach for perfection via an inflexible, rigid model may have been the crux for these past failed experiments, because as we know humans are variables and hardly inclined to either inflexibility or rigidness. Despite us living in the age of industrialism, the humanity that was involved in these previous mentioned examples remains, largely unchanged. It still exists in our DNA. What has changed are out material circumstances. 
It can be argued that the idea of human nature being a barrier to a permanent altruism, which incidentally is a favorite argument of those in favor of hard capitalism, is utterly false. Humans act according to their means of sustenance and relations based on production; in our age of unbridled capitalism, humanity will reflect the values of capitalism and it’s consequences, such as greed, avarice, treachery, deceit, selfishness, competition and isolated individualism. Our lives are reactionary to these so it would be rational that the reaction would be such. Dr. Viktor Frankl stated that in abnormal situations our reactions would be equally abnormal. The reasoning that these vices are just natural to the human condition, regardless of society, age and culture, seem to be more of a justification of behavior rather than fact. Instead, they seem to be natural in class divided societies, thus our belief that they are natural to us. Class division based societies are a breeding ground for such nefarious qualities. How can one society and culture respect nature while the other destroys it? How can one society live in accord with each other while the other lives in absolute discord? While these questions require complex answers, which this space cannot afford, we can state that these questions run counter to the very idea that these aforementioned qualities of avarice are natural to humankind as a whole, from era to era.  


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