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"Greed" as a moral and a social Dysfunction.

Updated on March 12, 2016

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The anatomy of greed -

and the need for Social restructuring.

Greed: by definition when used as a noun:

  • inordinate desire, rapacious eagerness, lustful longing, craving, avidity, cupidity, avarice,yearning, voracity, "itching palm", keenness, appetite, stomach, intemperance, gluttony, gormandism, ravenousness, omnivorousness, insatiableness, edacity, gulosity, and selfishness. (Websters dictionary)

Greed: by definition as an adjective:

  • very eager for wealth, rapacious, avaricious, grasping, selfish, acquisitive, cupidinous, mercenary, sordid, covetous, stingy, miserly, niggardly, grudging, penny-pinching, extortionate, exacting, and predatory. (Webster's dictionary)

The Devil made me do it

As one can see this ''(D)-evil'' is known by many names. Each name, by itself, is quite benign and harmless. And often times, in their mildest forms, are beneficial to man.

As with anything else in life - it is the excessiveness of man's desires that cause us irreparable physical and mental damages. It causes even the best of humans to lose their humanitarian instincts.

As a species, mankind has an innate capacity for love, and nourishment.

When humanitarianism is the basic doctrine of a society everyone benefits.

When that is lost, as it is today, and replaced by the Greed of a few, it destroys the very foundations of decency for us as a benevolent society.

The "rights" of man

To justify this evil {greed} as a "right" of man is inexcusable. We do not allow "murder" as a right.

Murder, and other dastardly assaults on others, destroys lives, families, communities, and nations.

As does Greed. And on a much grander scale

So, why DO we embrace the Greed and reject murder, et al, when the results are the same in the end?

There is a simple answer to why this phenomenon is allowed and that too lies within each of our subconscious minds.

Murder is "tangible"; immediate, and irreversible. Once the person, or persons, are dead there is no reversing the act.

The perpetrators (murderers) are visible and recognized and can be taken by force, held accountable, and isolated from the rest of society.

Greed on the other hand, is ''intangible''. It cannot be readily seen, it is not readily felt, and the perpetrators literally go undetected by society in general.

When its effects reach the point of causing total societal collapse, we take notice, but are reluctant to address it and unsure of how to remedy it.

The results of greed produce great power; and monetary excess controls society.

This is when we realize the significance of the old adage: "Absolute power, corrupts absolutely".

The desires of man

But there is more.

Even though we all know that excessive greed and selfishness is the underlying cause of our current economic collapse, we continue to defend it as a "right" of man to pursue their "dreams" of attaining that status, and obtaining massive wealth.

Knowing the end results, is never a deterrent when most of mankind is on the losing end of that spectrum.

Most people believe they would be able to stop at the point when enough is gained to insure independence for themselves and their families.

The are only deluding themselves. Like an alcoholic saying "i will just have 'one' drink to calm my nerves.

Greed is a social disease readily evidenced by a pronounced manifestation of excessiveness that leads to insatiability. And the accompanying sense of power leads to the lust for "control" over others that are seen as "losers" at this point of the social disorder they suffer from.

Taking a stand

Solutions may seem unattainable with so many who covet the wealth of the powerful, and who are ferociously fighting to maintain that "right" to pursue the greed.

But it is not insurmountable.

The simplest solution is to put a "cap" on the amount of wealth that any one person, or corporation, can take out of general circulation.

This would include breaking up monopolies that have exclusive control over any "market" and becoming what some erroneously consider "too big to fail".

The salvation, and survival, of mankind is to return to a pure state of humanitarianism in which all men (and women) are equals in sharing life's great bounties and beauties.

Today's out-of-control Capitalism is never going to be the solution to economic recovery when it is the main reason for the the problem in the first place.

"State" (government) ownership, at the opposite end of that spectrum, is surely not the solution either (unadulterated socialism).

The intermediate and most logical solution would be that of embracing ''Centrism'' that replaces money itself with "credits" as an incentive for everyone to participate.

But, with the resilience in mankind's ability to adjust to his environment, it would soon make participation pleasurable when we are allowed to pursue our dreams instead of the forced necessity to stay in a dead end job that one dislikes in order to just barely support themselves and their families.

The desire must be greater than the necessity, to make it work for all people. Even with that desire being shared by the majority of the population, those currently in power will still fight to their death to maintain their superiority over others.

Without positive changes being made soon, Greed will inevitable destroy us all sooner than we would care to think about. Perhaps Bernie Sanders has the right idea after all: {Democratic Socialism}.

by: d.william 11/29/2013. Updated 03/12/2016

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    • d.william profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from Somewhere in the south

      Eiddwenn: thank YOU for taking the time to read and leave a comment. It is much appreciated.

    • d.william profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from Somewhere in the south


      yes you are right in a sense, but what you say does not justify it when that pursuit of greed hurts those they walk over to attain it.

      No one wants to take away the ability to provide for family, but when that drive is to take more than one can possibly use in their lifetime that is morally wrong, and repugnant when it hurts others in that process.

      When greed replaces decency, and humanitarianism, it is no longer acceptable and needs to be curbed. People with other addictions are forced to receive therapy by our courts on a daily basis, and yet this addiction to hoarding at the expense of others is lauded as a human right.

      We put limitations on our children so they do not become social pariahs and then teach them that it is OK to pursue a life of greed, avarice, and lust for power that excessive greed brings with it.

      This government wants to mandate 'morality' when it comes to our sex lives, but ignores the immorality of the consequences of greed.

    • d.william profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from Somewhere in the south

      Alex: thanks for your input and you are correct in your comments.

      Greed is a social disease that is killing people. The only ones who have the power to stop it are the politicians in this country. They, themselves, are so wrapped up in their own greed, they have lost sight of the ravages it is inflicting on society in general.

      We teach our kids that "greed is good" and to pursue their lust for money at any cost to those who get in their way.

      Human values are lost in that lust for money and power.

      Out of control corporations are the ultimate destroying machines, and they rule this country.

    • d.william profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from Somewhere in the south

      always: thanks for you input. And you are right that the blame is to be put on both political parties. The GOP for fighting for more and more power for Corporate America and the Democrats for not fighting hard enough to stop them.

      When congress stopped the food stamps for the poor just before Thanksgiving it really shows the American people where their priorities lie. We allow people to go homeless, and starve in this country all the while feeding more profits to Corporations, and pouring money into countries who hate us, or who have more wealth than the U.S. does.

      This country is still pouring money into Iraq and they have more oil than God and certainly do not need money from the American tax payers.

    • Eiddwen profile image


      5 years ago from Wales

      Very interesting indeed and thank you so much for sharing.


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      Judy Specht 

      5 years ago from California

      Interesting how envy and greed often appear as desire to control others. The man who says "I want to put an end to greed", only wants to limit others and has a completely different idea when someone tries to take control or limit him.

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      5 years ago from Edinburgh, Scotland

      Greed basically means wanting more than you need or might need. I think it could stem from insecurity, or perhaps darker roots, though I cannot imagine what they might be.

      Sometimes greed stems not from desire for things but a desire to win in some imagined competition, maybe as a result of childhood trauma or simple cultural factors like those that drove the Walmart stampede Black Friday where a worker was trampled to death by incoming shoppers.

      However it arises, and combating it needs such understanding, education should teach children not to be greedy and ideally we would have a society where everyone had the essentials and a little bit more.

      I am not defending greed, just trying to contribute to understanding it before anyone tries counterproductive ways to combat it and its effects

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Your article is well written and i am in full agreement. Greed, above all, is the reason we are hurting in America today. There are those who seek wealth and power, caring nothing about humanity. I think we are on our way back up, but we must be careful who we put in powerful possessions that can take us down again. Both parties have greedy men and women who are bought and paid for by the big conglomerates of this world. When i read about people starving in poor countries and see they are ruled by a king who lives in a palace, i wonder why they do not rise up and demand equality. Thank you for sharing this. It should be read by many....


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