Greed Kills

“Greed, envy, sloth, pride and gluttony: these are not vices anymore. No, these are marketing tools. Lust is our way of life. Envy is just a nudge towards another sale. Even in our relationships we consume each other, each of us looking for what we can get out of the other. Our appetites are often satisfied at the expense of those around us. In a dog-eat-dog world we lose part of our humanity.” 
~ Jon Foreman

There is a large divide in America between the haves and have-nots.  It is apparent in politics, on the news, and in the streets.  You hear about the 47%, the 1%, the 99%, etc... I think that the reason for such a divide is simple - greed.

I do not begrudge wealth.  Abundance is great.  I wish everyone was wealthy.  Many wealthy individuals have brought enormous gifts to society.  Their inventions, the products that they bring us, and the jobs that they created have benefited many.  The production of wealth can benefit all.  What I do have a problem with is greed. 

If you are productive, driven, and offer products or services that people are willing to pay for then more power to you.  If you have gifts and talents that you share and are paid handsomely to offer, then we encourage you.

So who or what do I ( and many other discerning individuals ) have a problem with? The corporations that spend millions of dollars developing and advertising food products that are bad for us and then respond "We can't control what people choose to eat."  Drug companies that hide studies showing that their products are harmful to the human body and spend billions marketing them anyway.  Corporations that bribe Senators so that laws are passed to benefit them with special priviledges or advantages.  Senators that take bribes and betray the people that elect them.  Need I go on?  Greed crosses a line.  It places money above adding value.  Profits in line with value added are great.  Profits due to lies, manipulation, and greed are evil.  Greed is responsible for war and much of the ugliness in our world.  Greed kills.

I begrudge no man or a corporation's wealth - if it was earned honestly and with good intentions.  We must hold businessmen and politicians to the same standards that we expect of every-day citizens.  The excuses 'it's only business', 'it's politics', etc... need to go.  Hold every person, corporation, or entity to the same standards.

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  1. I have a degree in business and ethics is not strongly taught. What is taught is that you can profit from both successes and failures of others. After the experience of business school I have felt that corporations have to have strict regulations that keep them from manipulating individuals and polluting our food and the environment. The regulations need to come from outside of the business community because the culture within the community is not to care...but to profit.

  2. Exactly Diane. And why do we tolerate this? Why is it that it is acceptable to drive another business into the ground and say "It's just business"? Would you accept that behavior out of your neighbor? Why do we accept the fact that our politicians make exagerated campaign promises (lies)?

  3. Amen, Dan! When money is valued above all else, we are in serious trouble. Thank you for this!

  4. Yes, yes, yes. We care so much about this we created a simple website. A place where we can join forces and all work together, like ants, to challenge and combat the disturbing landscape you describe Dan.