First and foremost, I’d like to thank all of you who have commented on the initial post for this blog! Had some very interesting and insightful comments!
Was greed good up until a certain time in history? Did it enable a certain few to amass wealth and use it to move society forward? When did greed first rear it’s head? Could it have been as far back as cave man times and triggered by fear (lack of enough resources to survive)? Was the advent of banking the culprit that kicked it into over drive?
Like Allen said: “I thinkeveryone has a little greed in them.” I’d have to agree.
Now Malkavain stated: “ Everything in this world taken excessively is bad for you, not enough greed or ambition and you are mediocre, Too much and you are visualized as heartless or corrupt.” If you are greedy, I do believe you’re also ambitious, but you can be ambitious without being greedy.
Moby said: “I for one think greed is necessary but it is holding us back. We have greed billion airs who are holding on to all of this money not paying as much taxes as you and I. They aren't pumping it back into the economy which is a big downer.” I believe this is true, but with the world economy we live in today, the Arabs have amassed such wealth that it has sucked a lot of money out of other countries’ economies. Like some one said in an email I got a while back, we should sell them water at the price of oil!
Ad stated: “Im left wing. People call me a 'commie' without bearing in mind that the idea of communism is that everyone is equal, regardless of background.
Greed makes me sick - it comes in many forms other than possessions too. If you don't do anything to help others, then youre greedy. As long as youre just making someone happy or going out of your own way to help others, youre being selfless. It isnt so hard, and greed is awful.” Yes, “the idea of communism is that everyone is equal”, but in practice this doesn’t pan out. You have your elitist in that type society/government that live the good life, while the worker bees goof off and struggle to get by. I think in any society you have to have worker bees, because if every one was totally equal you’d be up the creek without a paddle.
Wandering Writer said: “Greed has done far more damage than good. When most people hear the word greed they associate it with money, but people can also be greedy for power, blood, land, and any number of other things. I certainly think people have become more greedy in the sense that they have been taught their entire lives that accumulation of products is one of the chief goals in life. Sadly, we have a consumerist culture and this is encouraged by the system as people are fooled into believing that buying is the only way to have a successful economy and therefore a better society.” I believe WW has very insightful thoughts here, and on the level we’re programmed with the news to believe are true up to a certain point.
I know I ask several questions above (and plz feel free to comment on them), but here is the main topic I'd like to hear back on for today. Who/what do you think is behind the economic melt down in a lot of the countries that’s going on now???????