How good is the system?

"A system is about as good or as bad as the people who use it." People with golden hearts would make capitalism or communism or socialism work beautifully.

--Anthony de Mello

How good is the system?

A good system is a system that enhances person with minimum restrains or limitations. A good system allows to achieve things that wouldn't even be possible or happen without it. A good system supports life, growth and creation outside the systemic limits.

A bad system is a system that puts heavy burdens on person maximizing rules and restrictions. A bad system exists for the sake of that very system. A bad system kills life, paralyzes growth and cripples creation that tries to go beyond the limits.

--unknown source

How good is the system?

We must recognize the difference between genuine and fictitious ideals, which is just as fundamental a difference as that between truth and false hood. All genuine ideals have one thing in common: they express the desire for something which is not yet accomplished but which is desirable fro the purpose of the growth and happiness of the individual. We may not always know what serves this end, we may disagree about the function of this or that ideal in terms of human development, but this is no reason for a relativism which says that we cannot know what furthers life or what blocks it. We are not always sure which food is healthy and which is not, yet we do not conclude that we have no way whatsoever of recognizing poison. In the same way we can know, if we want to, what is poisonous for mental life. We know that poverty, intimidation, isolation, and directed against life; that everything that serves freedom and furthers the courage and strength to be oneself is for life. What is good or bad for man is not a metaphysical question, but an empirical one that can be answered on the basis of an analysis of man's nature and the effect which certain conditions have on him.

--Erich Fromm