60 "Greed - The Downfall of the World"

Also, something from Ben Franklin per H. B.

Greed- The Downfall of the World

The way I see it, this world as we know it, won’t be around long enough to end in a catastrophic disaster such as a meteor, comet or asteroid strike.

The world as we know it, today, won’t end due to a nuclear war or because of robots taking over mankind. It won’t end because of political or religious indifferences.

This entire world is facing the same dilemma that is destroying the United States right now.

The one thing that is actually going to destroy this world is simply “Greed”.

I have brought up the word “Greed” because I believe that this is the big problem with the world today. And maybe it has been for a long time, but today it seems to show more, probably because there are more “Greedy” people. The stronger the “Greedy” get, the “Greedier” they are. With the “Greedy” there is never enough. Even when they have more than they need to survive they have to have more. They feel that the more they have, the more power they have and the “Greedy” always have to have power. That is the only way they feel they can survive.

“Greed” is one of the Seven Deadly Sins. Those seven are as follows:

Greed – A very possessive pursuit of wealth, status and power.

Sloth – Laziness and indifference.

Acedia – Uneasiness of the mind.

Anger – Inordinate or uncontrollable hatred.

Envy – Insatiable desire to own or control what someone else has.

Vainglory – Interested only in one’s self.

Pride – This is considered the original and most serious of the Seven Deadly Sins and the source of the others, to be more important than others.

All religions believe that “Greed” is the root or cause of all man’s evils. “Greed”, the more you acquire, the more you require. The “Greed” of mankind is insatiable.

Two other words could be added to that list, glutton and lust.

My brother-in-law, who is very wise in his ways and on history and historic events, read this and pointed out the there is something he considers a little more of a problem than “Greed” and that is “Selfishness”.

As he put it to me is like this. “I think the problem is more like “Selfishness” than “Greed”. (Slight difference) Maybe the word “Altruism” (concern for others) is too big for some to understand.”

According to him, “Two basic human traits drive social interaction, social climbing and altruism.”

He also pointed out to me the following, “Feelings are the earliest stage of thought because a thought forms and grows into idea, then a plan and then an action. Good feelings directed by sound virtues are important because they are a living thing and growth is most easily controlled at an early stage. Growth can be likened to a smoldering fire – much easier controlled before it bursts into flame.”

“The only absolute in human social behavior is the past and its effect is subject to interpretation. Each person, each day, chooses to do something or simply mark time.”

He also included the following from Ben Franklin’s “Art of Virtue”:

1) Temperance. 2) Silence. 3) Order. 4) Resolution. 5) Frugality. 6) Industry. 7) Sincerity. 8) Justice. 9) Moderation. 10) Cleanliness. 11) Tranquility. 12) Chastity. 13) Humility. [Franklin added the 13th after consulting a religious leader.]

Since this man is very wise and follows a lot of old history, I felt it may be useful to include his information in my hub.


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WD Curry 111 5 years ago from Space Coast

Between you and your brother in-law, you nailed it. You have a great way of throwing it down. I am working on my first book. The title is already trademarked, "Prices Always Go Up Near the End of the World"

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Sunnie Day 5 years ago


I do think you have targeted the worst of the worst..Sadly our world is run by many whose god is money. There are many good people out there too who try hard to make the world a better place. It is like running in place many times and may be the only thing that keeps us from falling into a deeper dark place. Thanks for sharing a very informative and interesting hub filled with wisdom.


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gregas 5 years ago from Corona, California. Author

Hi Chip, Thank you for the visit and comment. I wish I could really pick my brother-in-law's brain. I know he has a lot of very wise information there. Greg

Hi Sunny, Thank you for the visit and the comment too. It's just too bad that the good people don't out weigh the bad. I know we have a lot of the good here on the hubs and you are surelu one of them. Greg

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Deborah Brooks 5 years ago from Brownsville,TX

You are so right.. greed and selfishness is mans downfall. It has gotten worse and worse. Great HUB.

I voted up and awesome and interesting


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gregas 5 years ago from Corona, California. Author

Hi Deborah, Thank you for the visit, comment and votes. Greg

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Angela Kane 5 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

I voted this hub up because it is totally correct. Greed is destroying everything and I wish we would learn and stop our destructive path.

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gregas 5 years ago from Corona, California. Author

Hi Angela, Thank you for the follow, visit, comment and vote. It would be a betterment for the world if people could just learn that they can survive without being so greedy. Greg

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mathira 5 years ago from chennai

Greed is the instigator of most of the hideous crimes that we seem to see in the world. Excellent hub,gregas.

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gregas 5 years ago from Corona, California. Author

Hi Mathira, Thank you for the visit and the comment. Greg

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cherylone 5 years ago from Connecticut

Greed is indeed what will cause the downfall of our world if it continues unchecked. I never understood greed but have to deal with it everyday. As the saying goes "ABOSOLUTE POWER CORRUPTS ABSOLUTELY" I guess that includes all of the seven sins you mentioned. Keep up the good work. :)

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gogogo 5 years ago

Voted up as you are right on the money, greed and self-interests will be the end of us, however there is a ray of hope, as many of our young people are beginning to help others in less fortunate countries during their vacations

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gregas 5 years ago from Corona, California. Author

Hi Cherylone, Thank you for the visit snd comment. Yes, it does need to be checked and in a way is see all of the business of the Wallstreet take-over as a sign that more and more people are realizing that. Greg

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gregas 5 years ago from Corona, California. Author

Hi Gogogo, Thank you for the visit and comment. Like I said to Cherylone, I believe more people are seeing what is happening and with the recognition their might be at least a slowdown of it. Greg

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picklesandrufus 5 years ago from Virginia Beach, Va

You hit the nail on the head. I have the seven deadly sins memorized and try to avoid them at all costs for they WILL bring down a society and we seem to be well on our way.

Enjoyed your hub! vote up

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gregas 5 years ago from Corona, California. Author

Hi Pickles, Thank you for the visit,vote and comment. Glad you enjoyed it. Greg

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Robin Kemp 5 years ago

Simply put and to the point. Awesome hub!

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gregas 5 years ago from Corona, California. Author

Hi Robin, Thank you for the visit and comment. Greg

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Gypsy Rose Lee 5 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Powerful stuff. Indeed the worst traits like greed are also the ones which are the downfall of many. Greed especially turns lots of humans into animals just snapping at everyone to get everything for themselves till there is nothing left to get anymore.

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gregas 5 years ago from Corona, California. Author

Hi Gypsy, Thank you for the visit and comment. To bad more people can't see where we are going with greed. The bad thing is, the ones that really need to realize it, the gredy, don't want to realize or face that fact. Greg

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jenubouka 5 years ago

Powerful words and yet the ones who need to read this are the very ones who are responsible for the blazing fire of destruction. Will it ever turn for the better, and why are feelings transformed into actions of greed?

I have been reading up on Ben Franklin lately, he accomplished many feats in his lifetime, yet sadly they are not remember by the people who want change.

Thank you for an insightful and powerful read. It made my week.

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gregas 5 years ago from Corona, California. Author

Hi Jen, Thank you for the visit and the comment. Yes, unfortunately the ones that need to read stuff like this and Ben Franklin's are the ones that won't even see it. Greg

mackyi 5 years ago

Greed certainly is a major problem in this world we are living in today. It appears as if "The more these glutenous folks get, the greedier they tend to get."Take for example,these present nationwide demonstrations against corporate greed. This shows us that creed is indeed causing a great deal of harm to people.

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gregas 5 years ago from Corona, California. Author

Hi Mackyi, Thank you for the visit and comment. Yes, the domonstrations do show that the "people" are getting tired of it. Greg

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suzzycue 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Thanks for the hub -it has opened my eyes-and greed is a problem even with our own families-and jealous friends--maybe the answer is to start appreciating the small things to work out the big things.To help each other is a terrific goal.

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kashmir56 5 years ago from Massachusetts

Awesome hub, i agree with you 100% greed will destroy this planet .

Vote Up !!!

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gregas 5 years ago from Corona, California. Author

Hi Suzztcue, Thank you for the visit,vote and the comment. The real question is, "How do we get the greedy to see this?" Greg

Hi Kashmir, Thank you for the visit and the comment. Glad you agree. Greg

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Old Poolman 5 years ago from Rural Arizona

I have no idea how we would conquer Greed. If it something a person is born with, I suspect they will be greedy until the day they die. If it was something they were taught, perhaps they could be retrained to think differently. Most of the really greedy probably don't even realize this is a character flaw they should be working on.

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gregas 5 years ago from Corona, California. Author

Hi Poolman, Thank you for the visit and the comment. That's where the problem stands, they don't realize that it's a problem and don't care who they hurt as long as they have what they want. Greg

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Old Poolman 5 years ago from Rural Arizona

I'm not a shrink, so certainly not qualified to say if Greed is a genetic disorder or just a character flaw, but we all know some Greedy people. Perhaps someday science will find a cure for greed.

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gregas 5 years ago from Corona, California. Author

Hi Poolman, Hitler had a cure for it, but I don't like his cure at all. :-( Greg

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WD Curry 111 5 years ago from Space Coast

I am an artist, so I can say this . . . you are a beautiful man!

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gregas 5 years ago from Corona, California. Author

Hi Chip, I will take that as a compliment, even from a guy. Just so you know, I am taken. :-) Greg

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Wesman Todd Shaw 5 years ago from Kaufman, Texas

Sir, there's no telling how many times I've said pretty much the exact thing you're stating here myself, and on this website as well.

I was going to go into how things are not made to last, but made to be used and thrown away....but then I realized that that too, of course, was a by-product of greed.

Humanity is SICK! Our system of values is totally wrong. It's all around us everywhere I look...candy wrappers and things that were built to fall apart so that someone would buy another, newer version of the same thing.

And why? So we can have that house bigger than we need it, drive that bigger than needed automobile, so forth and so on.

It's certainly scary what we're all facing - I think the best possible thing a wise person could do is to get used to getting by on as little as possible, and right now!!!

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gregas 5 years ago from Corona, California. Author

Hi Wesman, Thank you for the visit and comment. With the uncertainty of this year, I believe everyone should be trying to do with less. Greg

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The Blagsmith 5 years ago from Britain

Completely agree. Their greed also affects politics. Currently in Britain the social policy has been changed to squeeze those on benefits. They say it is necessary to weed out those who are not entitled to it or bleeding the system. This is what has been sold to the taxpayers.

However, policies created as a result also affect those who need it. The changes also affect information not being supplied as readily as that which is used for the witch hunt. So many do not know what they are entitled too and those that could have helped them such as advice centres have had their funds reduced.

This only means one thing, that destitution will soon become more prevalent. Destitution exists because of an imbalance of wealth. Those who have it and those who don't.

Thanks for the hub and letting me prattle. I enjoyed it.

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gregas 5 years ago from Corona, California. Author

Hi Blagsmith, Thank you for the visit and comment. You can prattlen on my hubs all you want. And yes, this Greed thing is in politics. Almost everyone in politics, or at least running for the main offices seem to be rich. The sad part is that the more money they have or that is available to them, they are the ones able to win the office. I believe that there should be a limit to how much a candidate can spend while running for office. That way the one that spends the most wisely will be the one that wins and the one best suited for the office. Now that I've prattled. Take care. Greg

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ideax 5 years ago from US

nicely presented idea

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gregas 5 years ago from Corona, California. Author

Hi Ideax, Thank you for the visit and comment. Greg

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TIMETRAVELER2 5 years ago

My older brother was once quite wealthy, but now he's just like the rest of us. I asked him once why the rich don't just accept what they have and allow the rest of us to have a chance at getting ahead. His comment: "people never get enough or have enough." It made me physically ill, but it also woke me up. You nailed it, my friend...greed will be the end of us. Thanks for this one.

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gregas 5 years ago from Corona, California. Author

Hi TT, Thank you for the visit and the comment. Wouldn't it bw wonderful if everyone could live on just what they need. Well, it just might come to that one of these days and us lower and middle class people won't suffer nearly as much as the rich. We are used to something they never know. I had a step-dad that once said, "I have something the rich will never be able to enjoy, POVERTY." I didn't even think about that when I was writing the hub. But I have always liked it. Greg

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LadyFiddler 5 years ago from Somewhere in the West

You said it so right. GREED, SELF AND PRIDE is the Masterpiece for a disaster. Perilious times are ahead. May the God of Heaven and the Earth make Us ready to face the stormy seas.

Thanks for sharing

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gregas 5 years ago from Corona, California. Author

Hi Lady, Thank you for the visit and comment. Yes, we are going to need some help and guidence from somewhere. Greg

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Maralexa 5 years ago from Vancouver, Canada and San Jose del Cabo, Mexico

Hi Gregas. This is an excellent hub—one that needed to written. Thanks for writing it so well.

It seems to me that many very wealthy people and organizations are extremely greedy for money, resources, and especially power. Huge global conglomerates do not care that their profit comes from the backs of slave labor (i.e. chocolate producers) or that their cheapest way of getting something destroys the earth and ‘smaller’ people (i.e. companies that genetically modify seeds). It is as if they feel they must acquire everything they possibly can at whatever expense, while they can, because the opportunity they are now exploiting will end soon.

I believe that there are more people in the world who care about eliminating greed than there are those who exploit people and situations to their own exclusive benefit. I also believe that with global communication available to us (like never before) we can do something (each of us and all of us together) to greaty lessen the practice of greed.

“All that is necessary for evil to triumph is that good men do nothing.” -commonly attributed to Edmund Burke, who said, "When bad men combine, the good must associate; else they will fall one by one, an unpitied sacrifice in a contemptible struggle."

I suspect (and hope) that 2012 is the year that we begin to see the actions we (as a group) can take to end the acts of greed that, if not checked, will destroy us.

Vote up, useful and awesome.

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gregas 5 years ago from Corona, California. Author

Hi Maralexa, Thank you for the follow, visit, comment and votes. I wish I had an idea where to start on a movement against Greed. I feel that is the whole problem, nobody knows where to start and/or are afraid of being ridiculed for it. The latter I don't care about, I just wish I had an idea what we could actually do, I would do it. Any ideas, please let me know. Greg

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Fennelseed 5 years ago from Australia

I agree that there are more greedy people around these days and I believe the greed and selfish seeds are being sown in our children at a younger and younger age. By parents who are too soft to say no and low life, in your face big corporations who launch advertsing campaigns targeted at children whose parents are to soft to say no!!! (I must sound like I'm going around in circles) Anyway the outcome of this is the kids get what they want, what they see splashed all over TV, billboards and everywhere they look and then when they get what they want they are not interested in it anymore because something bigger and better is being dangled in front of their noses and on it goes. Treats seem to be a thing of the past. So many children seem to get what they want, when they want it and special occasions such as Christmas and birthdays just aren't special anymore.

Anyway that's my long winded rant (I could go on and on about this subject), but I guess what I want to say most is you are absolutley right, Gregas. My votes to you.

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Swetankraj 5 years ago from India

Really not anything but greed is going to hit the world to crisis. Loved this huh and topic you have chosen was really great!

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gregas 5 years ago from Corona, California. Author

Hi Swetankraj, Thank you for the visit and the comment. Please, if you have any suggestions to fight greed, let me know. I am trying to put something together.


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dmop 5 years ago from Cambridge City, IN

Yep, you're pretty much spot on. What kills me is that there are greedy, selfish, wealthy individuals that have more than their glutinous lifestyle could ever hope to consume, yet they ruthlessly pursue even more usually at the cost of taking away from someone in need.

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gregas 5 years ago from Corona, California. Author

Hi Dmop, Thank you for the visit and comment. I am trying to put together a list of suggestions that might help ease the greed situation. If you have any ideas, please let me know. Greg

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PHILLYDREAMER 5 years ago from Lodi, New Jersey

I agree with the sentiments you expressed here. Greed and selfishness will lead to the destruction of the human race.

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gregas 5 years ago from Corona, California. Author

Hi Philly, Thank you for the visit and comment. How can we stop it, or at least lessen that problem. Greg

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Teresa Coppens 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

You and your brother have hit the preverbial nail on the head. Even if we destroy ourselves by one of your mentioned disasters, it will be because of greed and selfishness. Fantastic hub!

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jenntyl99 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

I absolutely agree with you! Greed is society's downfall and it only gets worse. My husband and I have this conversation quite a bit and it just sickens us around holidays like Christmas, where the world seems more concerned about getting the latest gadgets. The true meanining of Christmas is lost and society continues to exploit materialism. It is especially hard to be a parent to children who constantly question why their friends have this and that. However, what we stress t0 them is that they are more rich than any of those friends could ever be because they learn how to work hard for what they want and appreciate even the smallest of things they do have.

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Express10 5 years ago from East Coast

You and your brother are right. Particularly with the statement about the two human traits that drive social interaction. It really rings true because this is all that I see going on around me. You have created a very interesting hub here. Thanks.

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gregas 5 years ago from Corona, California. Author

Hi Express, thank you. I have had a lot of agreement on this subject, but do we have any suggestions on what we can to control it? Greg

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dragnhaze 5 years ago

I could not agree more, greed will destroy the world, it is the root of all evil. Greed is the one thing that the world could definitely go without, however that involves everyone to take self-responsibility. Thanks for the great read.

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gregas 5 years ago from Corona, California. Author

Hi Dragnhaze, Thank you for the follow, visit and comment. I am asking for suggestions on how we might be able to slow down the greed. Do you have any? Greg

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eye say 5 years ago from Canada

fabulous and so well said. I agree about selfishness; big problem today.

thanks for writing this , very inspirational.

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gregas 5 years ago from Corona, California. Author

Hi Eye, Thank you. There has to be a solution. How can we fix this? I welcome any suggestions you may have. I am working on some kind of presentation. Greg

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sunasia22 5 years ago from Philippines

Greed is world's biggest problem yesterday, today and tomorrow as Mahatma Gandhi once quoted “Earth provides enough to satisfy every man's needs, but not every man's greed.”

Thanks for writing this! A very interesting hub! Voted up!

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gregas 5 years ago from Corona, California. Author

Hi Sun, Thank you. I do ike that quote. Greg

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QualityContent 5 years ago

Great hub. I have always thought that it is greed that's destroying the world along with the profit driven monetary system which fuels and drives that greed. We have put "money" before the most important part of our world and that is people.

We really at some point need to move past money but I don't think we are ready for that yet. The destruction of our world at the expense of the people has to stop. It is greed driven by money that is doing this.

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gregas 5 years ago from Corona, California. Author

Hi QC, Thank you. Unfortunately, greedy people even put money before loved ones, family and friends. I am working on something and I welcome any suggestions that might lessen the gap between the greedy rich and us po' folk. Greg

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itakins 4 years ago from Irl

Great hub -I wouldn't argue with a word of it .

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gregas 4 years ago from Corona, California. Author

Hi Itahins, Thank you. It seems to be a very strong feeling held by many. Greg

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pagesvoice 4 years ago from New York/Pennsylvania border

Wow...what an excellent, well thought out and articulated article. You certainly hit the nail on the head with the problems facing this self centered world today. Alas, even if we had a Ben Franklin today, many would shun his views and that in and of itself is a sad commentary.

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gregas 4 years ago from Corona, California. Author

Hi Page, Thank you for the follow. I have had a lot of agreement on this subject and unfortunately I don't see any immediate solutions. But I am asking for some suggestions because I am trying to put something together. I have a couple from a couple of fellow hubbers to start with but I would like some more. If you have any you would like to share, I would appreciate it very much. Greg

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Express10 4 years ago from East Coast

Controlling greed should rest with the individual. Greed is something that is very difficult to control through external sources because people usually have an internal motivation to be greedy. The forces behind this motivation cannot be legislated away and in some people's minds they're smarter than anything that can bring harsh consequences. I think that the law is often an effective deterrent for many people's greed but of course this does not stop what is seemingly natural behavior for others. Greed could be impossible to stamp out completely. In some cases there can be so much greed in an individual or a group, that they are compelled to act upon it even if it is unlawful. And as you likely know, the well connected and already deep pocketed will likely stand a very good chance of not even getting a slap on the wrist. However, it is by making the greedy lay in the bed they made that they (and others) learn that what they have done is wrong. However, taking a look at how the big banks have gotten off Scott free with bonuses to boot, shows how they didn't even get a slap on the wrist and received gov't bailouts on top of their misdeeds. I could not be a supporter of anything that has the intended or unintended effect of discouraging people from becoming rich. As thought provoking as your article is, as far as a solution, I remain stumped!

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alisha4u 4 years ago from New Delhi, India

Very True Gregas! Greed is destroying the world...

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gregas 4 years ago from Corona, California. Author

Hi Express, Thank you. I know that there is no way of ever controlling greed. I am just looking for a way to lessen the gap between the rich and the lower class. Greg

Hi Alisha, Thank you for the comment. Greg

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dragnhaze 4 years ago

Sorry for the delayed response to your question, been quite busy lately, however, in a way I did actually answer your question before you asked it. I believe as Express10 mentioned that controlling greed relies on the individual, which is why I said in my first comment "Greed is the one thing that the world could definitely go without, however that involves everyone to take self-responsibility."

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gregas 4 years ago from Corona, California. Author

Hi Dragnhaze, Yesyou did answer. The one thing we can do is try to reason with some to show respect to the ones who got them where thy are, the workers/laborers. That's what the unions are supposed to be doing, but all they do is try to squeeze more money out of the employers so the union heads can put more in their pockets. Very counteractive. Greg

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Electro-Denizen 4 years ago from Wales, UK

Great hub, nailed it. But actually, I think that greed is so endemic, that we average humans are also greedy. Greed isn't confined to the glass towers (also, it could be argued that what drives the activity within the glass towers, is what we choose to consume...)

For example, we think it normal to have certain basic things, like a TV. But who says a TV is useful? Does it help one spiritually? Or maybe, we have a sandwich, and then want another one, but it isn't at all necessary to have another one. That is greed, really, surprisingly.

I read recently that what we regard as the poverty line is really the distraction line. We don't *need* most of the things we want, even certain basics, but only require them in a distraction sense. But we want more - because we're greedy!

Great topic, hub voted up!

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gregas 4 years ago from Corona, California. Author

Hi Electro, Thank you. And yes we do all have a certain amount of GREED in us. But not all of us let the GREED go to the point of hurting others and not caring about others. As for a TV, having a TV is a form of GREED because it is a luxury. But there is a difference in having ONE TV and having to have a TV in every room. That's like having more cars than you need sitting in the garage doing nothing or having a house with way more rooms than you need just so people can see how much money you have. Maybe I should have referred to it as EXSESSIVE GREED. Thank you for the vote too. Greg

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lovedoctor926 4 years ago


This is a very well-written hub. I agree with your views as well as your brother- in law. We live in a society where many people think it's all about them.. Selfishness and greed go hand in hand as well as envy. People hate on others for various reasons instead of working on improving themselves.

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gregas 4 years ago from Corona, California. Author

Hi LD, Thank you. Yes, if more people would concern themselves with themselves, this world would be a lot better off. Greg

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Thundermama 4 years ago from Canada

I couldn't agree with you more. I am hopeful the current economic crisis will encourage people to change, to focus less on possessions and more on humanity.

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gregas 4 years ago from Corona, California. Author

Hi Mama, Thank you. I do hope for the same thing. I think a lot of people are opening their eyes that have been keeping them closed just because it was easier that way.. Greg

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klasziq 4 years ago from USA, NEW YORK


Greed breathes; it is like a human impersonator. By this I mean that, Greed is alive but not visible, visible only by working inside of people, humans. Unfortunately, the social system in general cause Greed to be a part of its existence. There are so many people today who would like to stay good and not indulge in Greed, but when some of them notice how those who are greedy move fast up the ladder, they will have no other choice than to join the train. Greed did not exist on its own, we, the people, gave it life and makes it to exist.

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Healthyannie 4 years ago from Spain

Hi Gregas, The reason the world is such a mess today is because of greed.

I don't think we can spend ourselves out of this situation - we need a major paradigm shift. Annie

Ritwika 4 years ago

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Cantuhearmescream 4 years ago from New York


It's sad to think that your Hub would've been relevant a year ago and a year from now. Yup, greed has been the downfall of many humans for a while and it probably will get worse. I think greed and selfishness are almost interchangeable; I’m not really sure you can be one without the other. I don't think we've ever lived in such a "dog eat dog" time as we do now; it's every man for himself. What happened to putting others before ourselves? If everyone put others first, it would work itself back to us and we'd be in a pretty good place. Unfortunately, we spend most of our time fighting for ourselves or trying to ward off or fix the damage that is caused because of greed and so there is no time to put others first because we're busy cleaning up our own mess.

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gregas 4 years ago from Corona, California. Author

Hello Can't, thank you for the visit and comment. If rich people would just look at others as equals life would be better for all. Most of them look down on the "lower class" even though that who is usually responsible for tem being rich in the first place, This is a subject I could go on and on about. Greg

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jlboogades 3 years ago from Lynchburg, VA

Hello Greg,

I was literally just having this conversation a few minutes ago with a co-worker. I think that you and your brother-in-law are onto something. I am very interested in philosophies and how they affect social psychology. In a nutshell, it seems to me that the post-modern concept of relativism (everyone's perspective is their own truth and you cannot tell someone else that their truth is wrong) is at least partly responsible for the selfishness in our society. If you think about it, if a person believes that their beliefs, thoughts, and understandings are an immutable reality and truth then of course that person is likely to become selfish: after all, their reality depends on their defense of their perspective and we are all hardwired to survive and thrive mentally as well as emotionally and physically.

In short, I think that this philosophical plight is at least partially responsible for the pervasive selfishness of our world. You add to that the global nature of our culture and how we can spread and be influenced by the philosophies and beliefs of this world; what you get is a hyperactive, greedy, epidemic of selfishness that reinforces itself and our collective societal narcissism. At least I think so...

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wrenfrost56 3 years ago from U.K.

I completely agree with you, the world would be a much better place for everyone if there wasn't any greed or selfishness. I like Franklins virtues (I did not know of them before reading this) and I believe we would all be a lot happier if we all tried to live by them. Thank-you for trying to 'wake the world up' with this hub before greed becomes the end of us all.

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Rebecca Furtado 3 years ago from Anderson, Indiana

It is so hard to not become greedy in a society that just keeps telling you that you"need ' more and more to be happy. I honestly want more money in my life , but so I could do more for the causes I am passionate about and give my kids something more than just the basics. Parenting has been the only situation where I have wanted more than others to benefit my offspring. Must be a natural attitude... but one that needs to be tempered...

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gregas 3 years ago from Corona, California. Author

Those are natural desires and wants. Where the gred comes in, in my opinion, is when you have more than you already NEED and you still go after more at the expense of others. No one needs million or billions of dollars sitting in the bank just making more money for that person than they will ever use. It's just my opinion. Greg

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W1totalk 3 years ago

I think about the idea that everyone is told they are individual but individual in a sense that it can lead to certain platform away from all else? The hope is the world can turn and find a realistic outlet and "greed" need can manifest some other way. Great article.

jj789 3 years ago

It's nice to see someone with the same ideas that I have been preaching out loud for years. Virtues are indeed important. And with those comes wisdom. Without any of those things, there is nothing good to be found. And greed is the number one virtue killer in the world. As we look all around ourselves, we see it to be absolutely true. Even those who actually think they are wise and good are NOT. Anyone who obtains wealth and holds it is exercising their greedy nature. There are far too many needy people in this world to hold on to personal wealth. And anyone who cares to know already knows what God thinks of those who are wealthy. "Eye of a needle"

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Tranquilheart 3 years ago from Canada

It is the greatest illusion of humankind : Greed

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DSmizzle 2 years ago from Long Beach, New York

Gregas - I couldn't agree more with the premise that - assuming some other natural or man-made catastrophic extinction-level event doesn't lead to our downfall first - that human GREED is more than capable of bringing us down in and of itself! Great Hub, Gregas!

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R Scott Torngren 15 months ago

Hi Greg, I think you've brought to light the tip of the iceberg. In my various uncoverings during my research on many different subjects I came across (by more than 1 source) the claim that the Rothschild family dynasty is worth some $500 trillion dollars, or approximately half of the wealth of the world. And that accumulation of wealth got it's start in banking. It makes you wonder "How much is enough?"

I think a lot of the problems we face here in the U.S. could self-resolve with the abolishment of the Federal Reserve. That, and maybe if we started living within our means and quit depending on credit for everything. Good article!

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Terrielynn1 14 hours ago from Alberta, Canada

You have a great way with words. It took me forever to get to the comments, lol. You are spot on. Watching the way world is going now. Humans and greed will be the end of it all. Great read.

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gregas 13 hours ago from Corona, California. Author

Thank you for the comment Terrie. I wrote this 5 years ago and nothing has changed in that time so I don't believe it ever will. I personally and happy and satisfied just being able to make it comfortably till my last breath. I don't have to have a lot of money to get there.

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