For my spoken word project, I decided to reenact a conversation my roommate Oscar and I had. The philosophical conversation in which we had was dense in symbolism and allegories of life, allowing for the viewers to interpret the piece to their own personal values. The whole intention for this project was to spark a pondering audience by the time the piece was over. Leaving the audience to wonder on what was discussed in the spoken word and sparking conversations that may enter the realm of opening pandora’s box for straightforward thinkers.
“Hey Oscar, so what do you think about capitalism? Do you think it’s natural for us to be competitive?” – me 🤔
“Capitalism is natural. Well not capitalism but the part of competing is natural to try and provide more for your family and yourself.
I mean have you seen animal planet, all animals live for the same reason and that is to replicate and try to pass their genes on to the next generation.” – Oscar 😌
“Wait what? Ahhhh I see where you’re going with this! So you’re saying capitalism is not natural yet due to our competitive nature, we have inevitably created this ideal of capitalism?” – me 😯
“Yeah that’s what I’ve been trying to say! Capitalism is just an ideal created out of our competitive nature. It’s not a natural form of competition but it does have the core trait which is to compete and that could be seen in all of life” – Oscar 🙃
“Hmmmmm, damnnnnn. That’s a pretty rough way to see things. I mean you’re heavily relying on the assumption that we all live to pass our genes on and survive, that that is the whole reason why we all live for” – me 🤔
“Haha what do you mean? No I’m not saying that! I’m just saying that it’s natural to have this competitive mentality. Like for example a tree! If one tree begins to grow quicker than the others around it, then it will automatically take up more space and consume the sunlight that others would need to survive! The fact that that tree was born with a natural advantage allows it to survive over others, which can be translated into capitalism” – Oscar 😆
“Wait wait… I want you to stop and think about this. Why is it that that tree grew quicker than the others? You answered it yourself, it was born with a natural advantage. But I want us to pause for a bit and think of the situation that you have just created. This tree that you are using as an example, already has an upper hand to survive over others because of its natural advantage. But why associate its survival with it’s own natural advantage? How do you know this tree grew to be so big because of it’s own traits? Because the way I see this tree, is that it grew to be so big and tall because of its proper place and time of water and soil. Not that it’s natural advantage doesn’t matter but that there are other factors to why that tree grew so big and tall. I honestly see this tree so big and tall not because of it’s own natural advantage, but because it was able to absorb the things around it which allowed it to grow.” – me 🤔
“Nooooo yeahhhhh definitely that tree is going to need proper water and soil for it to grow bigger! Like you can’t have a tree without those things you know. But once a tree begins to consume more space over others, it’s going to continue to naturally grow at that rate because of it’s natural advantage and it’s going to reap over the sunlight that other trees would need to grow.” – oscar 🤓
“No yeah. I understand that Oscar, there are multiple factors that make a tree grow. But you see, you’re assuming this tree is going to be bigger and better simply because of this natural advantage. You’re saying that if all were to stay still, this tree would be rightfully obligated to continue growing bigger and taller over others because of its natural advantage that allows it to absorb more. But you see, you’re being blind to something else. You’re forgetting how essential the water and soil is to all of these trees in this given moment. You’re forgetting to recognize that yes though this tree has the natural advantage to grow quicker, this is not be the reason why it is alive in the first place, it is the fundamentals of water and soil that allow for you’re whole example to work! And to raise the question further, if we were to look at this big tree in a hypothetical forest with the other trees, what would be the purpose of this tree to grow bigger than the others if the others are all growing with this big tree? Does this tree truly need to prove itself to others to achieve happiness?” – me 🙇🏻
“Yeah that tree would continue to grow and eventually pass its genes on to its other generations because of its natural advantage! That tree would continue to survive because of this trait that it has! And it does suck you know because we do live in a zero-sum game, a cost and benefit will always have a chain reaction” – Oscar 👊🏻
“No yeah I understand this whole zero-sum game, but I mean what I’m trying to say is that, we don’t all live for the purpose of making sure our genes continue later on once we’re gone. It does indeed have an influence over our actions but to say that this is the reason why we all live is a pretty heavy assumption. We may never know what we all live for until near death but we all do know is what we don’t want to live for we all live for our on own means and ends”
“So how does this relate to capitalism then?” 😴
“Have youuu reeaaad the allegory of the cave beforeee?” 🤔