Some believe that greed is good and some believe it’s bad, even evil. Which is it? Is it all these things, depending on our circumstances and point of view? As officially defined, “greed” means wanting more of something than we need. Most often, we use it to describe wanting more money or material wealth than we need. What is the consequence of greed in our lives and the world?
Should We Let Money or Natural Passion Motivate Us?
Money is what we earn when we create or do something that’s valued by others. It can result from love and natural passion or fear and the need for money. Does love serve as a moral compass? Does “money”? Do some of us already substitute natural passion for money as motivation for success? Is it something we all want to do? As individuals and societies, do we tolerate greed because it benefits us in some way? What role does greed play in our lives? This brings up another question: are we here to learn from our experriences or define ourselves by them? Are we empty sponges to be filled, blank slates to be writtin on, clever robots to be programmed or, are we both products of creation and creation itself?
Instead of reacting to the idea of “greed” with old judgments of right and wrong, good and bad, why not reexamine it with open hearts and minds? Let’s stop playing the value judgment game of ”I’m right, you’re wrong; I’m good, you’re bad; I’m smart and you’re stupid”? Is there any time this strategy of putting others down to build ourselves up has gotten us anywhere beyond guilt, unhappiness and self-condemnation?
So, is obsession with greed good, is it bad or is it something in between? For the sake of discussion, let’s assume there is no right or wrong, good or bad, there just IS! There’s what works for us, and what doesn’t, what makes us happy and what doesn’t. In the end, isn’t this how we organize our lives anyway? Don’t we all want to do what works best and makes us happy?
Definition of Greed
The Encarta Dictionary defines “greed” as:
a “strong desire for more” or, “an overwhelming desire to have more of something such as money than is actually needed.”
The English Dictionary defines greed as:
- a “strong wish to have more money, things, or power than you need.
- a strong wish to have more food than you need.
While we’re at it, what stands behind the impulse to want more of anything than we need?
As we think, we create. Change what we think, and we change what we create.
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“We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having (creating) a human experience.” – Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
“How you define yourself and the world around you, forms your intent, which, in turn, forms your reality.” – Seth
In other words, we create our reality from what we believe about ourselves, and the world around us.
If we do not consciously choose our beliefs, we unconsciously absorb them from our surroundings.
If our beliefs, attitudes, values and expectations create our reality, can we afford not to question them?
The more we love, understand and appreciate ourselves, the better we treat ourselves, and the world.
Blessings of love and understanding be to us all!
The secrets of the universe lie hidden in the shadows of your experience. Look for them!