Why greed still prevails in our hearts? Don't we learn from the past?
From Sadam to Kadaffi, back to Corporate America, how is that we still have this Biblical sin instilled in our hearts?
Greed and money is what makes the world go around isn't it? Without it, wouldn't we still be living in caves, poor, hungry and dirty? Greed comes in many forms depending how you look at it. One has greed for wealth but then someone has greed for nothing more than wanting a loving and stable family. Really depends on what someone is greedy for. Money wise, greed is much needed. Without it, many of the jobs you have, your family and friends have wouldn't exist. Without greed, those businesses that we all work for wouldn't exist would they?
Because greed is the 'dark side' of the inherent drive to take care of our own material needs. The latter is healthy, and forms part of our ethical foundation--in short, it's needed.
Greed is the character trait that results when this drive is allowed to grow out of balance with other moral and psychological imperatives. Until every human develops in a healthy manner, in a healthy environment, greed will exist in at least some hearts.
Today we are still far from such an ideal; indeed, greed is quite often idolized, either explicitly (as in an ideology) or implicitly (as in a cultural byproduct such as 'consumerism.') Small wonder there's lots of it around.
wisdom and peace prevail in my heart, now carrying about preparing my family future is not greed for me. I know greedy people who will lie and destroy a family if they can use one member to their advantage for luxury needs...this is greed.
So, no I have not been greedy and am not still now!
Very deep answers, and surprisingly honest and down to the point. Interesting though..
Covetousness (greed) is just another outworking of the sinful human nature. As long as mankind is on the earth covetousness and every kind of sin will dominate the heart because the heart is thoroughly sinful. The Lord says, "The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?" (Jer 17:9)
The only remedy for the sinful heart is to be born again through faith in Jesus Christ. Only then can a person find freedom from the authority of sin. Our Lord says to those who know Him, "Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof. (Rom 6:12)
I learned in high school (back in the dark ages before computers were a household item) that every great civillization (I'm sure I didn't spell that right )falls at some point in time. They also say history repeats itself. I think learning from the past as a society starts with each person involved.
Greed is so enticing. we realize it as greed when it is too late...that is if actually get the realization. b we work hard to fight it every step of the way.
Nobody ever learns, whether Christian or not. The entire Madoff Ponzi Scheme is a prime example. Why should people think that they can get a great return when the economy/stock market is doing so poorly and everyone has lost 10% or more of their values. The bottomline is greed. However, there will always be someone who preys on the greedy.
That's a fair question...I'm gonna have to agree with ShawnB2011 I think the concept of greed--i..e,, over-indulgence is innately tied to the human spirit. But 'the need for greed' I do believe is a human sickness. For example, if you've ever seen the movie Scarface with Al Pacino, there's a scene in the very beginning of the movie that i think sums up what I'm talking about: it's when Frank Lopez is talking to Tony Montana about the drug game and he points to this fat guy Nacho Contratras and says, "you see that guy 'El Gordo' he got more cash then he knows what do with....he's a real hassa." Then he goes on to say a hassa is a pig that don't fly straight. That's the best depiction of "the need for greed" I've ever seen on the silver screen. Scarface goes on to defy Lopez's advice, thus meets his faith in the end.
Greed is as old as humanity itself and unfortunately it is here to stay...especially in our modern fast paced and money obsessed world...
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