Wednesday had me thinking quite a lot about sin.
About what a fallen world it is. About my own inability to behave as I ought. And then of course I couldn’t help but notice other people seem to be having this problem as well. (Full disclosure: I noticed the other people first. You knew that.)
–> And all that finally settled into a realization new to me, though I suppose the rest of you junior & senior economists already understood this:
There are people who believe true socialism can work, and there are people who believe pure capitalism can work. And here I’m assuming they believe in a good way — that their system is in fact the solution to economic problems, for the betterment of all humanity. But either way, they have something in common: They do not believe in original sin.
And of course that is why as catholics we don’t support either system in a “pure” form. Socialism tries to achieve by force what man would naturally do if only he were good. But of course, the people running the system aren’t any better than the ones who can’t be persuaded to freely share and share alike in the first place. Capitalism tries to harness the natural tendency of man to assume responsibility for his own good — but forgets that left to our own devices, we do not necessarily do what is good for ourselves, let alone show any caution for our neighbor.
People do sin. There is no real solution to the human condition until you admit that.