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    To hypothesize the Attributes of a Good Person with Relevance to an Economic System

The description of what is considered good and what make a person perceived good differs from one author to the other. From the oxford dictionary, good is defined as 'be desired'. In different regions what is known to be good vary. Depending on your geographical location what is considered good will be based on that region alone and the context with which good is implied.
Being considered a good person in the society is very important especially on the reputation of a person. A person whose behavior is termed as good is accorded due respect and his status will ultimately rise amongst the people in the surrounding. To become a good person needs an individual to be observant on those people the society regards them as being good. A person then imitates the behavior of good men to influence his own character.
The influence that the character of a person he his imitating will enable him to avoid the mistakes he would have committed unknowingly. The transition period of learning and practicing to have manners accepted as pleasing might take some time. This implies that though people yearn to appear good, the only way to be so is through hard work and enormous effort. Because it is human nature to respond slowly to changes, it is overwhelmingly hard to change from one character of not considered good to being good within the shortest period of time.
One of the ways of becoming an improved person towards good behavior is by drawing exact objectives of what you want to achieve in life. After giving the precise vision of what you wish to be in future, a person now maps out a whole new process of achieving those goals. The people an individual associates with, is a clear indicator of who he will be and if the possibility of being good would be attained.
A person should associate himself with good friends who will assist in the road to a better person. Good people would give encouragements, and emotional support in the process of social change. Reading inspirational books also will greatly boost your habits and as well as getting a glimpse on how to improve yourself. Another way of self improvement is by boosting your intelligence. This can be achieved by performing mental task.
In the journey of being good, a person should feel inspired to be helpful to those who deserve assistance. There is an idiom that states that a friend in need is a friend indeed, therefore in helping other people, they would in return help you (Jamils, C.).
Basing on the book Reading in Western Humanities, a country like the U.S believes that capitalism which is characterized by market determination of prices through the interaction of forces of demand of demand and supply, is the only market system that can efficiently allocate and distribute the resources. In the United States most enterprises are privatized.
From 1960's to 1980's, countries in central Europe allowed each state owned enterprises to determine the prices of commodities, pay rates for the employees, the amount of output to be produced and the number of employees to recruit. In these communist countries such as Russia, the government chose this system because it regarded it as good for the well being of the nation. In this system, all people are treated equal by the state. Regardless of a person's education status and financial position of a person, the state does not classified its citizens. This as they interpret was going along way in reducing the gap between the rich and the poor.
Because the government is the major mover of the economy, this brings certainty in the stability of the economy. The government provides jobs for all its people and the citizens benefits from the salaries they receive since the government is the owner of all the means of production. This encourages the people and more participation is increased which stimulates the economy. In these kind of economies, people bear no jealous and envy because of another person's success. The government system ensures no competition in the line of work and therefore more harmonious relationship amongst the population would be attained.
In countries where the government is the sole producer and distributor of resources, it ensures that resources are distributed to areas where there is demand and required amount supplied. This promotes the efficient distribution of resources on the side of the government. Though the above claims can be contested for by the communists countries the capitalist countries sees the nature of allocation and distribution of resources as immoral.
The United States for example view the capitalist system of allocation of resources as the only just way. The government of United States has over the decades argued that capitalism is the only economic system to stand the test of time. This idea could be supported by the fall of the former USSR in early 1990's. The market mechanism allows rewards to people who engage themselves in the act of value addition as well as discouraging those who do not (Robert, 1995).
In view of the collapse of the communist system such as what exist in the former USSR, capitalist system could be considered superior. A good system in this context is the one that benefits the people of a country with the emphasis to the amount of effort exerted by each individual in the economy. A superior system is also one that allow freedom and conserve the fundamental human rights ( Theory of Capitalism).
In context of a person, a good person is the one who does work for the benefit of himself as well as those who are around him. A person's good attributes that can be documented makes it possible to be taught, the same way as the beneficial nature of an economy can also be taught. A good behavior also brings development to a person the way an economic system would be beneficial to its citizens.


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