Disclaimer: Although I am going against what I have always been taught, I still acknowledge dangers of greed and the reasons as to why to not pursue it. The reason for this blog is for me to explore a different approach to greed and to perhaps show my viewpoints to others. My intention is to not encourage others to constantly pursue greed, but to just show that maybe there are alternatives to perceive something that is commonly seen as only negative.
Life will never be perfect for anyone. Despite our efforts, we can never be whole. If that was the case, then none of us would have no goal to work towards and none of us would bother even to “try”. What would be the point if everything is already complete? You can have all the money in the world in still be missing something. You can have the most beautiful partner and still not be complete. Everyone want’s the life they don’t have. It is human nature to never have enough. There will always be something we strive towards and that is the motivation we have in our lives to just keep going. Having the ability to constantly goal set is what allows us to progress further in to our lives and strive to achieve what makes us happy. New objectives made after old ones obtained.
Could greed be a catalyst that aids us in reaching our desires? Or is it just an intense, selfish need to achieve a means? Both perceptions of greed can be correct depending on the extent that it is indulged in. Too much of anything has the potential to be a danger. We always see greed as a negative method to obtain anything. I believe the reason for that is because it becomes quite difficult to satisfy greed without becoming corrupt. Too quickly, it becomes addictive and difficult to stop without it encouraging a dangerous amount of selfishness, ultimately leading to the displeasure to many. We see this happen in far too many books and movies, allowing us to believe that greed can only have a negative consequence. Can’t it still be used as motivation that allows us to keep on pursuing? If we use it to benefit us, is it still called greed?
Greed: it is widely acknowledged to be one of the 7 deadly sins. Always shamed upon and ultimately rejected. However, it has the potential to become the component that allows us to visualize our future in our own idealistic manner. Never complete, never perfect, never will be. It is suggested by many that one indulges in greed for the sake to pursue happiness. One would argue that it is natural and mandatory to succumb to greed to a certain extent just enough to provide us with the motivation we need to keep “doing”. Our obtaining of materialistic goods and knowledge could never end because of greed. You may see it as a selfish desire, but I view it as an opportunity: with just the right amount, it can be be used to motivate one to achieve a means.