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Old 07-10-2009, 08:23 AM
 
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what is your definition of greed? are rich people greedy for wanting to keep what they obtained through capitalism? is government greedy for wanting to extort that money? are poor people greedy for demanding government extort that money? how do you define greed?
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Old 07-10-2009, 08:41 AM
 
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Default This thread made me think of this

"Greed is good. Greed is right. Greed Works."


"We make the rules, pal. The news, war, peace, famine, upheaval, the price of a paper clip. We pick that rabbit out of a hat while everybody sits around wondering how the hell we did it. Now you're not nave enough to think that we're living in a democracy, are you, Buddy? It's the free market, and you're part of it."

Gordon Gecko - Greed is good!
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Old 07-10-2009, 08:43 AM
 
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Greed is a disease that afflicts people that are attempting to fill a void. The void is either in their brain, heart or soul. How much does a person actually need to survive. Very little really. If you compare the greed for money and materialistic things to eating, many people would bust a gut just to get more food than the other guy. If money were not the currency and these greedy people would have to rely on self worth, common sense, empathy, creativity or intellect to survive, they would quickly become extinct. That is my concept of greed.

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Old 07-10-2009, 08:47 AM
 
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Greed is a disease that afflicts people that are attempting to fill a void. The void is either in their brain, heart or soul. How much does a person actually need to survive. Very little really. If you compare the greed for money and materialistic things to eating, many people would bust a gut just to get more food than the other guy. If money were not the currency and these greedy people would have to rely on self worth, common sense, empathy, creativity or intellect to survive, the would quickly become extinct. That is my concept of greed.
people need food and water to survive. so then, what do you consider the people who expect money to be extorted for things like shelter, clothing, cable, internet, cell phones, ect? I wish more people would realize that you don't need a cell phone, or the internet to survive, but people are strange.
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Old 07-10-2009, 08:47 AM
 
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Greed is a disease that afflicts people that are attempting to fill a void. The void is either in their brain, heart or soul. How much does a person actually need to survive. Very little really. If you compare the greed for money and materialistic things to eating, many people would bust a gut just to get more food than the other guy. If money were not the currency and these greedy people would have to rely on self worth, common sense, empathy, creativity or intellect to survive, the would quickly become extinct. That is my concept of greed.
Excellent post!
Greed is the drooling for materialism acquired by any means possible without any principles, ethics, or morals. The only thing that matters is to have the wealth.
Greed is seldom openly praised, but is looked upon as the dominant (and desirable) virtue in capitalism. How to place others at a disadvantage for one's personal gain.
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Old 07-10-2009, 08:51 AM
 
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Excellent post!
Greed is the drooling for materialism acquired by any means possible without any principles, ethics, or morals. The only thing that matters is to have the wealth.
Greed is seldom openly praised, but is looked upon as the dominant (and desirable) virtue in capitalism. How to place others at a disadvantage for one's personal gain.

sooo, politicians, hollywood, and pro sports would be the greediest right?
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Old 07-10-2009, 08:53 AM
 
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Excellent post!
Greed is the drooling for materialism acquired by any means possible without any principles, ethics, or morals. The only thing that matters is to have the wealth.
Greed is seldom openly praised, but is looked upon as the dominant (and desirable) virtue in capitalism. How to place others at a disadvantage for one's personal gain.
Demented and warped, isn't it?
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Old 07-10-2009, 08:56 AM
 
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I read these comments, and I'm struck by what is either envy or ignorance (or maybe both).

First, it is possible to be successful, and to have wealth, and not to be greedy. You can be socially responsible and environmentally responsible and still be wealthy. Social responsibility isn't reserved for college students in Boston. Just look at Bill Gates as one such example. He made billions and billions, but he is also giving back billions and billions of his own money and those of his friends such as Warren Buffett.

If one is successful and has worked hard, there is nothing at all wrong with enjoying the fruits of those labors and that hard work. This class envy, hate the rich, you're only virtuous if you're poor mentality is just sickening.
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Old 07-10-2009, 08:56 AM
 
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Excellent post!
Greed is the drooling for materialism acquired by any means possible without any principles, ethics, or morals. The only thing that matters is to have the wealth.
Greed is seldom openly praised, but is looked upon as the dominant (and desirable) virtue in capitalism. How to place others at a disadvantage for one's personal gain.
You assume that assets/gain is a fixed target, and when one acquires "more", that means others will have "less".

I disagree.
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Old 07-10-2009, 09:00 AM
 
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sooo, politicians, hollywood, and pro sports would be the greediest right?
Not necessarily...some of these people might get into the professsion out of an enjoyment of their talent or ability. How they handle their success and what they do with their fame or wealth also determines their greed or lack of. Anyone that succeeds at the expense of another or others is displaying greed. The corporatists in the pharma, insurance and other industries are most avaricious. Bernie Madoff displayed greed as part of the twisted Wall Street culture.
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