“What though Plenty pour her gifts
With a lavish hand,
Numberless as are the stars,
Countless as the sand,
Will the race of man, content,
Cease to murmur and lament?
Nay, though God, all-bounteous, give
Gold at man’s desire –
Honors, rank, and fame – content
Not a whit is nigher;
But an all-devouring greed
Yawns with ever widening need.
Then what bounds can e’er restrain
This wild lust of having,
When with each new bounty fed,
Grows the frantic craving?
He is never rich whose fear
See grim want ever near.”
Greed, the great god of the fallen. The ancients knew this to be a false god. In the Bible, Greed is one of the ten deadly sins. It is frowned upon in most other scripture as well.
Now in the United States we have fallen so far from that truth that we have a president who was elected primarily because he is a master of Greed. A person who couldn’t care less how many others he has to stomp into the ground to get more, more, and even more. As long as he is making money, all is right with the world in his opinion. The really sad thing is how much support he is getting with this philosophy. Even sadder is that most of those who oppose him are not doing so because of his rampant greed which is accepted as normal now, but for other decisions he makes.
Effects of All-Devouring Greed
Even those who still accept that greed is wrong think that being greedy is harmless. In fact, it is one of the most harmful things in the world. Many of the fights that happen between individuals have greed behind them. Whether it is kids fighting for the last cookie or teens fighting for the use of the car. Fights over what to watch on TV and which movie to go see. They all are forms of greed.
From there, we move on to group greed where one group wants more than another similar group. This can be a gang of street punks, a state, a country, a religion or a political party. They can always justify why they should have more of something than the “others”. They can always justify why they should be able to take resources from the weaker group because their greed tells them so.
This ultimately leads to wars. While it can be argued that wars are not always fought for greed, it’s always a major part of the equation, directly or indirectly. For starters, it is impossible for a war to occur unless you believe in an Us vs Them concept and you believe that you own a chunk of the planet simply because you live there. A curious aspect of this is where we are seeing an anti-immigrant mentality in America right now, and it’s coming mostly from people who have been here for only two or three generations. It’s an “I got mine, that doesn’t mean I should let you get yours” type of mentality. Pure all-devouring greed. Continue reading “All-Devouring Greed and it’s Effects On Us”