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Greed, the Fear of Loss

Updated on June 17, 2013

Greed, the Fear of Loss

By Tony DeLorger © 2011

Greed is the irrepressible fear of loss,

an expression of compensatory gain.

Driven to action by feelings of inadequacy,

possession represents status and worth.

Greed is the gluttony of life’s bounty,

the careless squandering of balance.

What it creates is paranoia of failure,

and therefore a path fraught with obstruction.

The cure for greed is accepting ineptitude,

and the search for internal truth.

Without the shell of deception the self emerges,

vulnerable but pleading balance.

The self fears also being alone, and in gain

surrounds itself with objects of worth to sustain belief.

But greed is a lonely life, void of relationships other than greed,

the possessions a pale substitute for love.

Wealth therefore can be at a price,

and those with it often their own victims.

For without a true self, and understanding of self-love,

life can be empty, filled with possessions and nothing else.

Greed is the greatest irony,

those within its hold having everything,

and yet, nothing at all.


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      Tony DeLorger 6 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

      Glad you enjoyed it Tranquilheart. Thanks for reading

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      Tranquilheart 6 years ago from Canada

      Excellent food for thought, and so true