106 – On Human Greed …

Greed, in human terms, is an immoderate and selfish desire … for power, wealth, food, fame, recognition … beyond the dictates of basic survival needs and comfort, and that, exploiting a moral weakness, overwhelms our common sense.

Greed is ancient in Human history; stronger in some early civilizations than in others and more insidious in men than in women.

Erich Fromm described greed as “a bottomless pit which exhausts the person in an endless effort to satisfy the need without ever reaching satisfaction.”

Prompted by overindulgent hunger for power, or possessions, or wealth, and most recently by the dominant economic creed that “Greed is Good”, Greed has come to obliterate our common sense to such a degree, that most of us are oblivious to the fact that our greed is destroying … like greedy cancer cells … the host that provides our source of Life.

Immoderate Greed is a learned, not an innate characteristic in human evolution. I don’t think early humans were dominated by Greed before the Agricultural Revolution   when everybody worked together for the benefit of the group. It might have developed in us as a perversion of the accumulation of winter supplies, or a perversion of the need to expand into more territory as groups grew larger, or a perversion of the struggle for power and recognition as the need for leadership arose (these are but assumptions), but however this perversion came to dominate human nature, it has now turned into a vice that throws us … most of us … into a sick, aggressive, insatiable and destructive competition to have more and more, with absolutely no regard for the consequences of our ill-conceived urge. A terrible consequence of this perversion … with its rapaciousness, trickery, manipulation, deceit, violence, disregard for human decency … is the dreadful monstrosity of corporate greed.

It is thus we have created a world where Scavenging and Hoarding are more protected and promoted than the Welfare and Happiness of people. We have been taken hostage by an irrational and insatiable Force that does not take our lives into consideration, but instead demands the levels of rapaciousness threatening our survival.

But we have now the technology to unite the voices of the world to help us understand, and overcome, this destructive Force that is taking our lives hostage; ruling us with immoderate Greed completely devoid of common sense.

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