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The Anatomy Of Greed

“The best things in life are free, But you can keep them for the birds and bees, Now give me money, That’s what I want, That’s what I want, yeah, That’s what I want” Janie Bradford / Berry Gordy Jr.

Greed is, of course, illogical to the core. But that doesn’t mean that we can’t break it down and perfectly understand everything about a greedy person. 

money photoWhy when a person has more wealth than they can ever use do they go to great lengths to acquire yet more? The answer is very simple, greed is a mental disorder the causes a person to act illogically. I will proceed to break down the anatomy of greed.

To understand anybody all you need to discover what sits on the throne of their heart, or in simpler language what is their primary desire or concern. To those who are greedy money is their god. So all their actions are based upon this premise.

Greed is an addiction like heroin. The greedy person keeps on needing more and more to get his fix. Also, he is never satisfied with what he has. That is why billionaires or even trillionaires do all sorts of evil with great effort to acquire more and more mammon, they have a sickness. After all, if you have more many then you could spend in a lifetime, affording every single luxury, you think one would simply enjoy life. But this is far from the case. Instead those with the most money are the one fighting the hardest and making the greatest efforts to get even more.

Along with the greed comes a materialism. Materialism is on par with carnality which is the exact opposite of spirituality. Christ realized the temptation of money when he said: “You cannot serve two masters because you will hate the one and love the other, you cannot serve God and mammon.” Christ realized that his chief competitor in this world would be the love of money. Further teaching of the Bible tells us that “the love of money is the root of all evil.” Thus greedy people lack spirituality. They may be sophisticated but they are superficial.

When I was young my dad told me that all wars were economic in nature. I objected but now I see the partial truth in this matter. Young men and women aren’t fighting for material gain but for other reasons. However, these soldiers are deceived. Those who are encouraging and waging the war, from a safe distance away, are motivated by pure greed. There are great profits to be made from war. Weapons and supplies must be delivered and they come with a hefty price tag. Worst of all are the bankers who are the bane of the Earth. These wicked money changers loan money to both sides making the winner pay the debts of the loser. The wizards of Wall Street who promote the war don’t care that millions suffer and innocents are slain with the lives of whole populations ruined. Their god is money and as long as they get it nothing else matters.

The endless greed of civilization is insane. We are destroying the Earth, the very thing which sustains our life. The waters are poisoned so we can no longer drink from the rivers. The forests are clear-cut and the mountains mined by removing them. The animals are becoming extinct. The air is being polluted. And for what? All for profits. In the end, money is a lie, there is no intrinsic value to pieces of paper of digits on a computer.

Greed implies a lack of moral and principles. Such ‘foolish’ notions get in the way of a greedy person from attaining their goal. Thus greedy people will lie, cheat and steal all to attain their gain. There is the funny story of Martin Luther the ‘great protestant reformist’. Apparently, he had a previous protest before his famous one which was totally ignored. The second protest, however, challenged the church’s collections of indulgences and it caused quite a stir. Indulgences are of course when people pay the church money so that their loved ones can get out of purgatory quicker. Martin Luther was ruining a good racket! Yes, it seems like everybody is infested by this greed.

One does not need to be rich to be a victim of greed. There are plenty of people far from riches who love money. Greedy people are shallow and superficial always looking at the bottom line. They will invest their time and efforts all to get more money. When you combine greed with power the recipe creates a massive disaster.

Greed is a dark matter which leads me to think of my science fiction book called “Dark Matters.” Please check it out! https://amzn.to/2Svq6L0

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The Anatomy Of Greed

John Kaniecki

John Kaniecki is a full-time caregiver for his wife Sylvia. He is a published writer and works with the Church of Christ. John has lived with bipolar for over thirty years and has been hospitalized nine times, three of which were committed. John has chronicled his life story in his memoirs "More Than The Madness". Also of note is John's book of poetry "Murmurings Of A Mad Man" which are poems written about being committed in Graystone Psychiatric Hospital. John believes in the power of words to change the world for the better. His website can be seen here. His books can be seen on Amazon. You can visit his personal blog "Turn A Page Or Two" here.


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Kaniecki, J. (2018). The Anatomy Of Greed. Psych Central. Retrieved on December 14, 2018, from https://blogs.psychcentral.com/fragments/2018/12/the-anatomy-of-greed/

 

Last updated: 12 Dec 2018
Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 12 Dec 2018
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