Is it greed to seek wealth?

By | June 19, 2015

Is it Greed to seek Wealth? or just survival

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Is it greed to seek wealth?

Greed; also known as avarice, cupidity, or covetousness is the inordinate desire to possess wealth, goods, or objects of abstract value with the intention to keep it for one’s self, far beyond the dictates of basic survival and comfort.

It is applied to a remarkably high desire for and pursuit of wealth, status or power.

“Greed is all right, by the way.  I want you to know that. I think greed is healthy. You can be greedy and still feel good about yourself”.

This was said by Ivan Boesky who famously defended greed in a May 18, 1986, commencement address at the University of California, Berkeley’s School of Business Administration.

This speech inspired the 1987 film ‘Wall Street’ which features the famous Gordon Gekko line:

“Greed, for lack of a better word, is good; Greed is right, greed works; Greed clarifies, cuts through, and captures the essence of the evolutionary spirit. Greed, in all of its forms; greed for life, for money, for love, knowledge has marked the upward surge of mankind.”


It is also said that:

“The chief expressions of greed are related to the emotional part of man, greed is a state of restlessness of the heart, and it consists mainly of craving for power and possessions”.

“Possessions and power are sought for the fulfillment of desires.

Man is only partially satisfied in his attempt to have the fulfillment of his desires, and this partial satisfaction stokes and increases the flame of craving instead of extinguishing it”.

Thus; Greed always seeks to find an infinite field of conquest and leaves the person endlessly dissatisfied.

Sods Law!

As a child you inherit your parent’s ambitions as well as, their assets (if any) and debts (if any); by way of DNA, nurturing, silver spoon or good fortune.

Now depending on where you live, the size of the Population and the good-management of the countries imports and GDP (Gross Domestic Product) etc; will determine how hard you will have to physically work to pay your dues and survive. Check out the 11 best economies to live in.

If any of these circumstances are not in your favour, then you will live in monetary poverty which inherently passes down to your offspring.

Our world is being run by money-brokers and everyone needs it to pay their rulers what they owe; as a result of being born on this earth and subjected to Human kind’s pursuit of fleeting power.

Just to sustain the cost or burdens associated with that which has been or is being accumulated.

This evidently can lead to a backlash and destruction of self; generally by way of scavenging and hoarding of materials or objects, also theft and robbery. Especially by means of violence, trickery, or even manipulation of authority.

The level of inordinate greed pertains to the amount of vanity, malice or burdens associated with it, which is why it is classified as a ‘deadly sin’.

Is it Greed to seek wealth or just survival?

Seeking wealth is a way of ensuring a life absent of poverty and isn’t necessary for survival; however our constraint or compulsion is regarded as a natural law governing all human action, so either you do without or you seek gain and join the flock.

To what extent do we join the flock and maintain Morals?

By paying taxes we empower the Economy; to which, with good-management of the economy increases the ‘real’ GDP.

This gives you a good standard of living and supposedly happiness, but is it happiness when working hard for it?

This obviously depends on the kind of work and how difficult it is, for instance; as a salesman you might start by working 12-14 hours a day to establish a good client base then eventually you could be working 4 hours a day for the same income.

There are many factors to consider, because some are happy to work all year-long for a good standard of living and 4 weeks holiday. whilst some are not happy until they own a jet plane and a garage full of cars.

Where does greed fit in?

Greed is when you stop thinking of others and only of self ‘the Ego’.

Some egos are more demanding than others, therefore justifying to themselves their excessive needs and actions.

If you have the ability and intention to help others in whatever way they need, you gain as a result of philanthropy which is Not considered as greed.
Not to say, that by greedily gaining wealth and then giving a portion of it away makes you a better ‘human being’, as some seem to think.

Is our greed because of self want or a need to be philanthropic?

We start out to survive, provide for our loved ones, enjoy a better life, explore our curiosities and ambitions, or just plain creativity.

This is ‘Human Nature’, but then once in the process of ‘Wealth Creation’ you are faced with the politics. The haves’ and the have-nots’.

Again this is human nature as mentioned before; so then your choice is to better yourself as the sole purpose of your life.

You can do this to the benefit and not to the detriment of ‘mankind’.

Your choice!


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