Humanity's greed

“Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s need, but not every man’s greed.” — Mahatma Gandhi.

Greed is one of the most dangerous things. But we all have it. Humanity is a greedy race. But what I want to know is when we started putting profit before people. Profit before the environment. Profit before kindness.

The dictionary’s definition of greed is intense or selfish desire for something, usually wealth or power. My definition is when need turns into purely want. When someone has more than enough to live happily, yet still is not content. Human kind will always want more. More, more, more. The question is, will there always be more?

Wealth. What does it mean to you? For so many, wealth is but a dream. Only for a crumb of the population is it a reality. And those who have wealth have a lot of it. Half the world’s money is in the hands of only one percent of the population. Half. Are we really happy to live in a world where the wealthiest one percent own half of the world’s money and the poorest half own just 1%?

Too many big business men, politicians, and millionaires put their profit first. I am outraged every time I see a person, company, or even a country put their own gain before doing things I would hope we would not hesitate to do. Every time someone lets greed overcome what is right. Every time I hear of wars, or terrorism, when someone with power is using people as pawns in their game, I cringe.

One of these times is the refugee crisis. I am disappointed with Australia. Australia, the country that refused to take in boat refugees, because they were worried about what it would cost them. Refugees, who have been through so much hardship, being turned away at Australia’s front door. Human kind is meant to be the compassionate race. So why are we putting such superfluous things, like wealth or profit, before people?

Greed. It is arguably our worst characteristic. Our hunger for wealth or power makes many forget their values. Some have so much, too much, yet still strive for more. I know that more is not what humanity is about. But are we willing to prove it?

“Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s need, but not every man’s greed.” — Mahatma Gandhi.

Greed is one of the most dangerous things. But we all have it. Humanity is a greedy race. But what I want to know is when we started putting profit before people. Profit before the environment. Profit before kindness.

The dictionary’s definition of greed is intense or selfish desire for something, usually wealth or power. My definition is when need turns into purely want. When someone has more than enough to live happily, yet still is not content. Human kind will always want more. More, more, more. The question is, will there always be more?

Wealth. What does it mean to you? For so many, wealth is but a dream. Only for a crumb of the population is it a reality. And those who have wealth have a lot of it. Half the world’s money is in the hands of only one percent of the population. Half. Are we really happy to live in a world where the wealthiest one percent own half of the world’s money and the poorest half own just 1%?

Too many big business men, politicians, and millionaires put their profit first. I am outraged every time I see a person, company, or even a country put their own gain before doing things I would hope we would not hesitate to do. Every time someone lets greed overcome what is right. Every time I hear of wars, or terrorism, when someone with power is using people as pawns in their game, I cringe.

One of these times is the refugee crisis. I am disappointed with Australia. Australia, the country that refused to take in boat refugees, because they were worried about what it would cost them. Refugees, who have been through so much hardship, being turned away at Australia’s front door. Human kind is meant to be the compassionate race. So why are we putting such superfluous things, like wealth or profit, before people?

Greed. It is arguably our worst characteristic. Our hunger for wealth or power makes many forget their values. Some have so much, too much, yet still strive for more. I know that more is not what humanity is about. But are we willing to prove it?

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Mike Cullens, USA - 2 months ago
An excellent article Maia, for greed is indeed a major problem of humanity...but why? Greed, along with arrogance, indifference, hate, unforgiveness and every other undesirable human trait, stems from pride. Pride is the basis of all evil in this world and we are all born with it. Up until a few hundred years ago, pride always had a negative connotation. But today, the meaning has slowly been changed to the point where people no longer recognize it, and actually think that it is something good. It isn't. Respect for one's family, or job or country is a good thing, but not pride.

Pride is what two-year-old children exhibit, when they are attempting to constantly put themselves first. But no good parent wants their child to grow up and act like a two year old, so they gently try to help the child to mature out of the pride they were born with. But then they mistakenly continue to think that pride is a good thing. And so people are totally confused as to what pride really is. And therefore the world today, is filled with more pride and hence more immaturity and cruelty than ever. If we subdue the pride in our hearts, all the other problems will take care of themselves. But that is easier said than done.