Effects of Greed in the World Today?
#Effects Of Greed On Human Living
The inherited imperfections of all mankind bring us into the throws of greed. There are many different structures of greed such as American greed, quotes about greed, infectious greed, greed and fear, greed versus love and the price of greed. With all these various explanations, the question arises, what is greed? The World English Dictionary defined that "greed is excessive consumption of or desire for food; gluttony; excessive desire, as for wealth or power." Francine Morrissette in her article, The Third Deadly Sin-Greed expressed, "He who dies with the most stuff wins." She then went on to explain that greed, "is the battle cry of the greedy. In today's consumer society, this deadly sin is one that affects almost everyone." The definition and truth of Francine's words permeate our lives each day. Yet what is the reality of this infectious trait?
Greed has caused more damage to the relationships of #families and friends. Families are losing their homes which they have lived in for years. It is not unusual today to see empty homes with "bank owned" signs posted in the windows. Neighborhoods previously experienced a foreclosure crisis never seen before, as families were thrown into the streets. A display of greed became the focus, where inordinate things were more valuable than people. The #economic depression caused parents to lose their jobs, therefore unable to pay their mortgages. Young children along with their parents were homeless. This source of greed truly demonstrates that our society, "cherishes things more than people or relationships."
Greed Can Destroy Family and Friend Relationships
The price of greed has also destroyed families and friendships. People utilize #scams against their family and friends sometimes without knowledge or intention. For example, there are numerous scams today developed for the sole purpose of greed. Whether the scam involves debt relief, home modification, credit score or travel scams, it is detrimental to its victims. A family member, neighbor or friend may get introduced to the swindler, thinking that the scam is an opportunity to make fast money. The pyramid scam is then introduced where individuals are invited to become supposedly a part of a money-making deal. You then bring your family and friends in as you explain what, "a wonderful, make money while you sleep," plan this is. Your friends then become involved and decide to invest hundreds if not thousands of dollars. In the end, the only person making money is the greedy swindler who started the #pyramid scam. The relationship is now effected or completely damaged forever. For centuries, this has been the price and face of greed.
Greedy Debt Relief Scams
A major scam that is the ultimate source of greed and is played upon millions; is the debt relief scam. Many people struggle with the burdens of credit card debt. While individuals are ensnared within the prison of these debts, along comes a disreputable company claiming they will help you pay off your debts through #debt solution program. They have you deposit hundreds of dollars, as they gather all the information about your credit cards that you are behind on. Every month they charge you a payment of almost two hundred dollars, as they so call negotiate with your credit card company. A lawyer who was very familiar with the industry of credit solution companies admitted, "a lot of these companies are owned by the credit card companies." At the end of the year, the credit card company will file your nonpayment with the government and receive payment from your taxpayer dollars. After receiving payment, this debt solution company which is possibly owned by the credit card company will now come after you and pretend they are going to make this great deal for you. You are advised that only half of your balance owed is needed, although the credit card company has already received payment.
Another thing some debt relief companies do is take the information you gave concerning the highest amount you may owe on a credit card. A shrewd representative may inform the credit card company of your intentions to include this large amount in their program. The credit card company will then go out and file a judgment against you through the courts, in order to receive their money in larger amounts, at a quicker pace. They can even put holds on your personal bank account to fulfill, the payment of that judgment. You have not only paid the credit card company through your taxpayer dollars but you have also been swindled by the debt relief company which is possibly owned and operated by your credit card company. There might be some reputable debt relief programs out there, so pray and do your research. Unfortunately, there are more scams going on in this industry than ever. What a world of reckless greed which affects our lives daily.
Tax Identity Fraud is Pure Greed
Today the world is focused on greed, wealth and power. Stolen #tax identity fraud, is one of the latest scams. #IRS has been outsmarted by these dangerous greed seekers. A recent news documentary acknowledged that taxpayers are losing billions to this latest type of fraud. Greedy individuals use the social security numbers of innocent victims, who are taxpayers. It was also revealed that this information is stolen from your dentist offices, hospitals or doctor's offices. One scammer acknowledged, "Everybody was with the scam. It was like a nation of people doing this." One man that was interviewed during this documentary admitted that they have parties at hotels where they get together to commit this fraud. After these fraudulent forms are filed, the IRS, deposit the money on prepaid visa cards which is impossible to trace. "IRS, cannot tell if it is the real person or not that is filing the tax return." This agency has acknowledged that they have a lot of work to do. One suggestion was given that IRS should, "Delay payments until they are matched with W-2 forms of employers." This type of greed and fraud must cease immediately. Imagine that after you have worked hard for a year, then when you go to file your taxes at the end of the year; some scammer has already filed your taxes without your knowledge. You are devastated because your family desperately needed that additional income. Once again, greed is the focus. Love for fellow humankind is nonexistent.
Home Modification Scams are Detrimental
Home modification scams are more abundant than ever. Families struggle to make their mortgage payments after losing their jobs. Scams are created to contact these people and charge them a thousand dollars or more. The scam artist claim they will contact your mortgage company and modify your mortgage. In the meantime, nothing is happening and they have collected all this money which could have been used to pay your mortgage. Remember also, that the home modification scam company will advise you not to pay your mortgage. Although your mortgage continues to add up. Three months may pass and not only have you not heard from the loan modification scam company but now you receive a foreclosure notice. Before you know it there is so much interest and penalties, that you cannot afford to pay the late payments and your home can be lost in foreclosure. The loan modification scam company is nowhere to be found. You have just been scammed. This is another effect of greed that continues to sweep the country.
Greed Within Politics, Celebrities, and Individuals
#Greed is prevalent in the political realm. Previously, on the television program #CBS This Morning, a poll was revealed that "82% of the politicians are promoted by greed. More than, 50% of people in America, believe that greedy people are more successful. Celebrities were considered to be 59% greedier than the average American person. A person who is selfless, received 46% of the vote, to be more successful in life. When a younger woman is seen with an older man, she is considered to be 53% greedier and not necessarily in love with this older man."
Greed is an unscrupulous desire for wealth and power. It does not have a heart or concern for the damage it causes. Greed is infectious and contaminates the world. It alienates the individual from family, friends, and God. It is a selfish act that benefits only the greedy individual temporarily. Remember, "whatever we sow, we shall reap." Why not focus your life on positive seeds that will reap love. Material things which are usually the focus of the greedy person will come and go. A good reputation with humans and God can give you pleasure and allow you to sleep at night. Meditate on these words and live a happy, good life without the negative effects of greed. Learn to be selfless and not selfish. The opposite of #love is selfishness. We should try to imitate #Jesus Christ, who imitates our Heavenly Father Jehovah because "God is love."
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A Video about Greed on YouTube entitled "The Black Hole." What can happen when we are too greedy.
Answers that will help us deal with greed. "A Guidebook for the Blessings of All Mankind" pages 13-17
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