I think that we all suffer from greed, some more than others, while still some accept the notion of entitlement as a way of life. Some accept and promote the idea of socialism, while others embrace the idea of individual freedom, individual achievement, which is called capitalism by many.
It is interesting that so many people accept the idea that they are inferior to others and that the only way for them to feel good about themselves is to manipulate the government to forcibly take from those who have achieved and redistribute to the rest. There are, of course, those politicians who are ready to accommodate as a means to buy those votes.
I have heard this called economic or social democracy. It would be like having three people in a room and only one having any money. The three people are law biding citizens, so strong arm robbery would be considered wrong, but democracy will serve in the forced acquisition of the money from the third.
There would seem to be a growing number of people who want what they have not earned and they have a tendency to justify this want with calls for equality. It is a 'never you mind' that I am lazy, that I have no real talent, that I lack the strength of character, integrity or perseverance, or that I simply lack the intelligence.
History tends to demonstrate this pattern in democracies and consequent failure. The Founding Fathers of America understood this, which is one reason it was established as a Constitutional Republic and not a democracy.
Certainly, capitalism is not a perfect system and has noted flaws, but to many of the flaws can be traced back to corrupt politicians, who are very ready to take bribes and buy votes with the tax payers own money.
Recently there was a national story of a man who walked 21 miles to and from work because he did not have a car. He held a menial job at $10.00. He was never absent and never late. He walked through heat, rain and snow. This man represents what individualism is, the strength of character and integrity that should be heralded as an example to all of us. Compared to this man, so many of us are lacking.
This story has a good and bad ending, so far. When the story broke and people noticed, he was awarded a new car and over $300.000. The bad news is that I have heard nothing from black leaders, who should be holding this man up as a roll model in perseverance and all that can be good in any of us.