Let us look at greed. Religions have always advised us against greed. But what is greed? Is it wrong to work hard, and enjoy the benefits of this labor? Is it wrong to have millions in our investments? There is a saying that it is more difficult for the rich to gain salvation, but can this be true? Does God look down on the rich and the powerful?
Webster’s definition of greed is a selfish and excessive desire for more of something (as money) than is needed. But what is more than needed and are we not all selfish to a degree? Should we not all be like the squirrel that gathers the nuts to prepare for the winter? What harm will it be to collect more nuts for the unpredictable winter, as long as it does not adversely affect others?
What is wrong with the individual that has millions of dollars? He contributes to society by spending, and redistributing his wealth, making the economy grow. His investments, luxury cars, houses, and businesses are positive pluses to the economy. Yes, he often even donates to the churches.
To me, greed is a selfish desire for more of something without regards to what may happen to others as a result of these selfish actions. These include the people who deliberately devise ways to illegally steal from others. There are a few in society that attempt to gain wealth by not working hard, but by trying to steal from others. Money obtained at the suffering of others is greed. Individuals, or businesses that take advantage of others to make a profit are greedy. There are also others that take advantage of their position, and work the minimum; this is also greed. This may be the problem that the Veteran’s hospitals are having now.
Wealth and power have no direct relationship to greed. The poor, the middle class, and the rich are all guilty of greed. Greed is only in the mind of the beholder.