Capitalism and Altruism



The point is,ladies and gentlemen, that greed, for lack of a better word, is good.Greed is right.Greed works.Greed clarifies,cuts through, and captures the essence of the evolutionary spirit.
Gordon Gecko
The Movie “Wall Street” 1987.
The “father” of economics, Adam Smith, wrote the hugely popular book “The Wealth Of Nations” in 1776.
But many people are unaware of an earlier book, that was perhaps more important in several ways “The Theory Of Moral Sentiments” in 1759.

In it, Smith wrote “..How selfish soever man be supposed, there are evidently some principles in his nature, which interest him in the fortune of others, and render their happiness necessary to him, though he derives nothing from it except the pleasure in seeing it..”

French revolutionaries chanted ‘fraternite’(in between removing the heads of people with the guillotine) and Abraham Lincoln had appealed to the bonds of sympathy, and then went to watch a play called “Our American Cousin” at Fords theatre in Washington, and briefly met John Wilkes Booth..but I digress..

Our whole picture of the animal kingdom as well as humans, is often presented through subjects like political science, economics and humanities or even philosophy.
And that is that man is a wolf like beast to other men and deep down our nature is actually quite nasty and selfish.

Quite often the imagery of a wolf for instance is juxtaposed to show our supposed self centred and competitive nature.
Man is a wolf to his fellow man”,wrote Titus Maccius Plautus in 195 BC.
Its a fairly unfair characterisation for the wolf since the wolf is a very co-operative animal .

And its not really fair on humanity which is not given credit for long term acts of altruism for instance.
Altruism doesn’t merely mean helping people, it means sacrificing yourself for others.
Placing the interests of others beyond your own.
The self sacrificing person is an altruist.

The supposed twin pillars of morality are reciprocity, which is associated with fairness.
And empathy, which is linked to compassion.
Is there any evidence of reciprocity in other animals besides man ?

In numerous experiments and observations outlined by the Dutch primatologist Frans de Waal, we see co-operation as well as reciprocity as well as postponement of instant gratification amongst animals as diverse as monkeys to elephants. De wall cites a study done at Tai National park in t Ivory Coast where chimpanzees took care of group mates wounded by leopards, licked their mates wounds, removed dirt as well as waved away flies.They also protected injured companions and slowed down during travel in order to accommodate them.

Can animals also be loyal ?
There exists a statue in Tokyo,as one example, for an Akita dog named Hachiko, who every day used to come to Shibuya station to greet his master returning from work.The dog became famous for continuing this habit after his master had died in 1925.For eleven years, Hachiko waited at the appropriate time at the station.And dog lovers still gather once a year at the exist, now named after Hachiko, to pay homage to his faithfulness.

But back to capitalism and altruism.
We do not choose altruism (Altruism doesn’t merely mean helping people it means sacrificing yourself for others.Placing the interests of others beyond your own)..

Evolution, a series of accidents, has made us this way. We no more choose altruism than we choose to walk bipedally.
Both “pre-modern” human societies (such as those in New Guinea) and great apes (excepting the orangutang, of course) consistently form tight-knit social collectives.
Given the chance to do the most work and reap the most rewards, the theory goes, free competition will allow each of us to contribute our highest potential to society. But humans, we have demonstrated, are not inherently self-interested.

So how do we segue from a movie quote,french peasant mobs,monkeys and a dog that liked train stations to modern investment strategies ?

Because at the end of the day, the staff at Ample Property Solutions believes the best way to generate long term wealth creation, is based on property acquisition, at the right time, and in the right location.

With the right team guiding you at every step of the way !

But, we also believe that this is not being done to “just” make you and your partner wealthy.

That it will do !

We are essentially suggesting that following our methodology, we can move beyond mere short term gratification, to a long term goal that is both noble as well as inherently practical.
Which is a long term game plan of wealth creation for yourself and your family, for their combined security and future happiness.

Worrying about the future of your family, and actually doing something practical about it, today, is a form of altruism and giving.

On a side note, we are not great fans of Ayn Rand obviously.

A capitalist system is supposed to be the antithesis of sharing, generosity and not thinking of others etc but this concept turns that notion on its head on several levels…

By using property, which gives us long term capital growth, (for an ever expanding population), and  also  gives us enormous tax advantages.

We are unaware of any other method that is as relatively safe or comparable in stability !

Lets face it, everything has its ups and down, and property investment is no different.

Anyone who suggests otherwise is either being dishonest or just ignorant.

But, as a long term methodology, the linear trend is always up regarding property investment.
And the minor problems, as history has shown repeatedly, have always been minor blimps of either modest downturns, or short term stagnation.

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