I want to start off by saying that these views are not necessarily my own and I'm just interested in hearing your opinions on the matter.
So Whitest Kids U' Know once had a sketch that brought up the idea that capitalism is sort of against the philosophies of almost all religions. Almost all religions denounce the accumulation of wealth and advocate for charity. However, capitalism and "the American Dream" define success as the accumulation of wealth. While it is possible that one can be charitable and be wealthy, it doesn't change the fact that ideological figures such as the Buddha and Jesus gave up their possessions. If the very figures that these two religions were based on had no possessions, it would stand to reason that to become more like them one would need to do the same. It begs the question, are the followers of these religions choosing to ignore these facts? Are they just unable to control the political/financial systems around them? Or do they believe that one does not need to be completely devoid of possessions to follow in their paths?
What do you think?
I personally am not all that religious and don't mind capitalism in the least. I could stand to see more socialistic practices in America, but they'll come in time.