Skip to comments.The Seven Deadly Sins: Greed
Posted on 02/23/2018 7:36:55 AM PST by Salvation
One of the more underreported sins is greed. It is easy to conclude that greed is something manifested by that other person, who has more than I do. Yes, that rich guy over there, the one who earns a dollar more per hour than I do; hes greedy, but Im not.
Honestly, does any one of us ever come to a point in our life when we say, I earn more than enough money. Ill just give the rest away? Not on your life!
Almost never would such a thought even occur to the average person. Instead, most of us respond to a pay increase, for example, by expanding our lifestyle and continuing to complain that we dont have enough. At some point, we ought to admit that we do cross over into greed.
What is greed? It is the insatiable desire for more. It is a deep drive in us that, no matter how much we have, makes us think that its not enough. We still want more, and then if we get more we want more still.
Familiar though this sounds, too few of us are willing to consider that greed is really a problem for us. Its the other guy whos greedy.
Of course it doesnt help that we live in a culture of consumption, which constantly tells us that we dont have enough. Commercials tell us that the car were driving isnt as good as this other one we could be driving. So even though we have a perfectly good car, one with four wheels, a working engine, and probably even air conditioning, it still it isnt good enough. So it is with almost every other product or amenity that is sold to us on a daily basis. The clever marketing experts of Madison Avenue are great at making us feel deprived. As a result, it almost never occurs to most of us that we may have crossed the line into greed. Despite having even six- and seven-figure incomes, many still feel that they dont have enough.
This is all the more reason that we should spend some time reflecting on the nature of greed. Greed is one of the deadly sins, and it brings with it a kind of blindness that causes us to mistake mere wants for needs. As we entertain this illusion, theres very little to prompt us to consider that we actually have more than enough. Theres very little to cause me to say, Gee, I’ve gotten greedy or to work toward curbing this insatiable desire for more.
No, its the other guy whos greedy; Im not. Its a problem that those nasty rich and powerful people have. Never mind that Im pretty darned rich myself, living in a home with running water, air conditioning, and maybe even luxuries like granite countertops and widescreen TVs.
When was the last time you heard a sermon on greed? If you did, it was probably the priest talking about some abstract group of people (not those present, of course) who probably also hold the wrong political opinions. Yes, greed is always someone elses problem.
When do I honestly look at myself and wonder if I am greedy? When do I ever conclude that I have more than enough and need to be more generous with what has become excessive in my life? When do I ever apply the old precept that if I have two coats, one of them belongs to the poor? Its a good idea to have something saved up for a rainy day, but do I ever ask myself if Im really trusting in God or just in my rainy-day fund? When do I ever wonder if Ive crossed the line into greed?
I realize that some of you will find this post disturbing. I do too. These are uncomfortable questions.
Let me assure you that I do not write this post from a political perspective. I do not want the government mandating how much I may or should earn nor how much I may or should give away. I am referring to a personal, moral assessment that we all should make.
I also do not write as an economist. I realize that market-based economies are complex and that there is nothing intrinsically wrong with meeting peoples needs with products and services. I am also aware that markets supply jobs, but still I must insist that we all ask ourselves some personal questions about limits. We cannot simply conclude that greed is the other guys problem.
Greed is one of the seven deadly sins; we ought to take it more seriously than many of us do. Theres room for most of us to reflect on one of the most underreported sins: greed.
Monsignor Pope Ping!
Very good post
It occurred to me, alcoholism is a form of greed...
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The sin of greed could be the root of all addictions then.
No matter, food, drugs, alcohol, etc.
Greed: Another reason to be rid of Hitlary and the Clinton clan.
Greed causes those in power to abuse underlings.
Underlings eventually revolt against the abusive authority and rebel.
The mob then goes to far under the new greed-driven leaders and a new power structure emerges.
The cyclic nature of the mob-monarch-mob continues all because Man will not heed the tenth commandment:
Thou shalt not covet".
I believe that charity is the virtue opposite greed. That would take care of what you mentioned in giving.
The love of money is the root of all evil
Lust is a close second
But more are enslaved murdered and abused in this world because of greed
Jesus said make not the treasures of your heart of this world
It is easy to conclude that greed is something manifested by that other person, who has more than I do.
I want the good things in life.
You are a self-motivated capitalist.
He is a greedy SOB.
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