Negative Effects Of Greed

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Greed has been reproached since antiquity as a deformity of soul that is reserved to the most depraved and myopic of people, the embracement of which wreaks havoc over society and tears its fabric. This view has been further bolstered by the induction of greed into the list of seven deadly sins. But in my opinion, to condemn greed in this fashion would be to do it a great injustice. Instead, one must opt to look at greed as multifaceted, that is to say whether it’s good or bad depends entirely on the frame of reference through which we view it. If we take one that emphasises the emotional ramifications it has on the individual, then negative results will come back; but if we take one that emphasises its impact, by and large, on the development and prosperity of society, positive results will come back. The juxtaposition of the two is complex; one thing is for certain though: greed isn’t as injurious as it’s purported to be in the grand scheme of things. The two cornerstones of greed are its perpetuity and tenacity. The moment it enters the mind is the moment it subdues it, and aligns it solely towards the manifestation of greed. It dislodges from the mind all that may hinder the pursuit of fulfilling it. If we were, thus, to assign a dominant emotional status at any time to a greedy person, then it’s going to invariably be greed, plain and simple, never happiness, never sadness, never trepidation, never even frustration. This is because any semblance of emotion in the mind
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