A very fundamental question. A question that is seldom answered succinctly and therefore leaves our current economic systems dangling like rebels without an evolutionary cause.
We Evolve, Barely
First, economic systems are needed for humanity not to revert to the brutal pillage-and-plunder of our evolutionary ancestors – the apes. For we know that humanity’s superior intelligence, made-up of many unique compositions, using a collaborative approach, can build to strengthen our renewability and as a result, can serve to prolong humanity’s lifespan on earth.
Second, however, that means our economic systems must subjugate to our best understanding of how nature works, and none of our current religions of economics even mention, let alone subjugate to evolution. A gigantic and costly mistake, one we already see the grave consequences from.
Rebels without a Cause
So, our current rebels without a cause (our current systems) merely perpetuate a more civilized version of the old pillage-and-plunder we now refer to as a vile-maxim; everything for me and nothing for others.
In evolutionary terms, we have merely progressed from the stealing of food by the apes to the theft of the merit-of-money by homo sapiens. Such is the dumb form of capitalism we promulgate as the best thing since sliced bread, in violation of fundamental evolutionary principles.
Excellence is Bliss
We must do better in developing operating-systems for humanity that allows more of us to expose our unique merit. So humanity can evolve in many directions towards the fringe of what is humanly possible.
The way nature designed us to evolve, if we just let it.