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2) Prosperity grows through tribal, corporate, and national conquests that seize wealth from others. (3) There is an understandable human capacity that is the creative source of prosperity. The first two views assume that wealth is a preexisting, fixed resource that simply moves from one col- 30 RENEWING AMERICAN CULTURE umn to another. The third view posits that prosperity is open and expandable and that it can be created by both human knowledge and effort. Spiritual capital represents a theory of this third way.
Without some form of ECONOMIC HUMANISM AS SPIRITUAL CAPITAL 41 wealth creation, there would be no arts or literature, no film or drama, or any organization to support philosophy or religion. Capitalism is the most prosperous and productive system of economic behavior ever invented, and for the foreseeable future, it is the fuel of the globally integrated system. There is no third way, no democratic socialism. There is a unified global capital market, even if, as Frans Tropenaars argues, there are as many as seven cultures of capitalism, ranging from Japan to Germany, and overpowered often by the United States’ version, due to its political, economic, military, and media might.
Again, critics of American culture often search in vain for some source of social concern or constraint in American culture to temper individualism. It is clear from experience that Americans are highly engaged in civic and community service and activity. Yet to many critics, the source of this duty is a mystery. The mystery is resolved in happiness. Out of the integrity of character that defines happiness comes the authority and capacity for self-governance and for individual life and action in community with others.