Profit, in the form of money is the lifeblood of the capitalist system. Companies and capitalists alike are motivated by a robust appetite for profit. Indeed, the profit motive implies and reflects a critical assumption about human nature: that human beings are basically economic creatures who recognize and are motivated by their own economic interests.
What do you think about this argument? Are we basically economic creatures? Given that profit motive is a modern notion, according to the text, is this an accurate reflection of how we should be motivated, even if we are economic creatures?