Understanding One Concept of Capital
Capital does not have to be human or financial.It could be intellectual or possibly spiritual.We often forget that Great Britain did not transcend into the great empire it became in the centuries past because it was financially or humanly wealthy.Most of the colonies that it conquered and ruled over were more populous than it was (like India) and abundantly more endowed than it was (like Colonial Africa)
But how could a country devoid of any significant deposit of natural resources (it’s colonies supplied all of the raw materials that powered it’s great industries) or significant demographic representation (As a country I personally do not think it amounted up to 1/10 of the outside population of the inhabitants of it’s various colonies) become so powerful a force of reckon?The answer is found in it’s abundance of spiritual capital.
By spiritual capital I am not talking exclusively about religious habits,followership nor institutions characterized by worship,penance,prayers,fastings,almsgiving etc but in inclusive of an applicable interface between the man and his world which is called CULTURE.In a culminative sense civilaization is made up an adopted culture tested and proven over time.And the given culture of a people is built with the building blocks of the prevailing values as applicable to the individuals in within the same community.For the british, it was courtesy of the christain reformation that swept over some perts of Europe back then…although a Buddist Japan has an similar story of pragmatic development without a christain background….looking at the matter objectively.
It is when religion and religiosity translate into indivual and communal values in a moral,ethical and aesthetic sense, that is when it can be injected into productive outcome via the channels of industry and governance.
Afterall that has been the known trend in most story of human advancement with civialization!