I think there is more than one kind of greed though. What happens inside a human’s head in regards to greed?
I think a person gets to a certain point. Then, they want more. But, the reason may not be purely to ‘have more’.
Some people are interested in defending themselves against those who would come and take their wealth. Therefore, they need more money to hire an army of lawyers if it ever comes to that.
Others may actually have the notion of doing some good in this world.
Of course, there is the standard reason of just wanting more because it can be had.
The Stock Markets are a game of greed. People watch as a stock is pushed higher and higher. Everyone knows it has gone about as high as it can before it falls a bit. Sometimes that fall is 20% or more. Then, if it has not become a ‘has been’ stock, it may start to rise again.
What is a ‘has been’ stock? In my opinion that is a stock that no longer has the chops to keep its earnings level high. When investors see the longer term prospects dimming, they will start to pull their money out. I would venture to guess that institutional fund managers are no differenct.
No one really wants to keep a stock that is losing its ability to earn. Those who invest in stocks that have negative earnings are either privy to some intelligence that the rest of us don’t have or can’t get OR they are simply gambling. Some are even doing it on margin!
Greed is an aspect of lowly human nature and attachment. Greed is not good, despite what Mr. Gecko would like us to believe. Greed is a huge problem for individuals and society alike.
But greed is not something that you can easily get rid of. There are a multitude of reasons why people seek to have more. Having more, for some people, means that they have more control.
Have you ever heard the saying that ‘money is a game’?
For the honest hard working people out there who want to live good, decent lives, it is NOT a game. It is a necessity in life. Unfortunately, for others it is a ‘game’. Therefore, some people are playing games with other peoples’ lives and that is dastardly! How else could it be put?
Why not take what you need and leave some for everyone else? Wouldn’t that be a better way.
There will always be people who will seek to have more and more. This really can’t be avoided. I am not so pure either. I also want more. And I am sad for that failing.
The best book I know of is Zhuan Falun. You can get a free copy at Falundafa.org – Check it out. If you understand the nature of who and what we are a little better, it could make a big difference in your life.
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