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the New Testament representation and personification of material greed

Shakespeare Sacrificed: Or the Offering to Avarice

byBoardman Robinsondepicting War as the offspring of Greed and Pride.

Greed, oravarice, is an inordinate or insatiable longing for material gain, be itfoodmoneystatus, orpower.

As a secular psychological concept, greed is an inordinatedesireto acquire or possess more than one needs. The degree of inordinance is related to the inability to control the reformulation of wants once desired needs are eliminated.Erich Frommdescribed greed as a bottomless pit which exhausts the person in an endless effort to satisfy the need without ever reaching satisfaction. It is typically used to criticize those who seek excessive material wealth, although it may apply to the need to feel moreexcessively moralsocial, or otherwisebetter thansomeone else.

The purpose for greed, and any actions associated with it, is possibly to deprive others of potential means (perhaps, of basic survival and comfort) or future opportunities accordingly, or to obstruct them therefrom, thus insidious andtyrannicalor otherwise having a negative connotation. Alternately, the purpose could be defense or counteraction from such dangerous, potential negotiation in matters of questionable agreeability. A consequence of greedy activity may be an inability to sustain any of thecostsor burdens associated with that which has been or is being accumulated, leading to abackfireor destruction, whether of self or more generally. So, the level of inordinance of greed pertains to the amount ofvanitymaliceor burden associated with it.

Thomas Aquinassays that greed is a sin against God, just as all mortal sins, in as much as man condemns things eternal for the sake of temporal things.1:A1In DantesPurgatory, the avaricious penitents were bound and laid face down on the ground for having concentrated too much on earthly thoughts.

Meher Babadictated that Greed is a state of restlessness of the heart, and it consists mainly of craving for power and possessions. Possessions and power are sought for the fulfillment of desires. Man is only partially satisfied in his attempt to have the fulfillment of his desires, and this partial satisfaction fans and increases the flame of craving instead of extinguishing it. Thus greed always finds an endless field of conquest and leaves the man endlessly dissatisfied. The chief expressions of greed are related to the emotional part of man.2

Ivan Boeskyfamously defended greed in an 18 May 1986 commencement address at theUC BerkeleySchool of BusinessAdministration, in which he said, Greed is all right, by the way. I want you to know that. I think greed is healthy. You can be greedy and still feel good about yourself.3This speech inspired the 1987 filmWall Street, which features the famous line spoken byGordon Gekko: Greed, for lack of a better word, is good. Greed is right, greed works. Greed clarifies, cuts through, and captures the essence of the evolutionary spirit. Greed, in all of its forms; greed for life, for money, for love, knowledge has marked the upward surge of mankind.4

Scavengingandhoardingof materials or objects, theft androbbery, especially by means of violence, trickery, or manipulation ofauthorityare all actions that may be inspired by greed. Such misdeeds can includesimony, where one profits from soliciting goods within the actual confines of a church. A well-known example of greed is the pirateHendrick Lucifer, who fought for hours to acquire Cuban gold, becoming mortally wounded in the process. He died of his wounds hours after having transferred the booty to his ship.5

If you want to feel rich, just count all of the things you have that money cant buy.6

Some research suggests there is a genetic basis for greed. It is possible people who have a shorter version of theruthlessness gene(AVPR1a) may behave more selfishly.7

Thomas Aquinas.The Summa Theologica II-II.Q118 (The vices opposed to liberality, and in the first place, of covetousness)(1920, Second and Revised ed.). New Advent.

Volume II. San Francisco: Sufism Reoriented. p. 27.

Gabriel, Satya J (November 21, 2001).Oliver Stones

Ross, Brian (November 11, 2005).Greed on Wall Street.

Dreamtheimpossible (September 14, 2011).Examples of greed. Archived fromthe originalon January 18, 2012

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