Long intimidating immense and rational derangement of all the senses
Chapter 1: Introduction It is said that the aphorism 'Know Yourself' was inscribed in the forecourt of the Temple of Apollo at Delphi.Finding out who we are can be an unsettling experience.Western capitalist nations, over the past several centuries, have attempted to re-organize the world to reflect their understanding of reality.Although we often fail to recognize it, this requires a far-reaching reorganization of people's lives in non-Western countries.In every community, models are built from that assumed objective reality which, in the opinion of those who order their lives by them, provide the best ways of organizing life to make the most of the reality in which they live.Western people hold a peculiar understanding of objective reality and believe they have a duty, a responsibility, to reorganize other people and communities to live by the understandings they hold.So, what is it that has produced in Western people such a deep need to dominate and change the world?Human beings (including members of Western capitalist nations) believe that they interact with 'objective reality', that is, a reality that exists independently of themselves and is perceived in the same way by all human beings.
They lose their sense of identity and self-worth as their indigenous status and prestige systems break down and brutality, despotism and corruption escalate in their communities.
Unless we do, not knowing our history, we might well, as Edmund Burke suggested, unwittingly repeat it. In the following chapters I attempt dispassionately to explore the nature and history of capitalism .