Why Are People So Greedy?

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People are greedy for a number of reasons in today's world. 

    One of the biggest reasons that comes to my mind is the fact that consumerism (and mass production) began in earnest by the mass media through false advertisement claims starting around the 1870s when both newspapers and magazines both introducted them in large amounts.  With radio, which by the way was a key reason of the 1920s credit bubble that led to the Great Depression, and later TV and other electronic means, people who were less intelligent and/or naive, were swindled by these ads. 

As a result the average person expected more and more things to "be happy", which has led to an abusive style of selfish lifestyle similar to which one reminds one of Ancient Roman culture.

      During the same time frame, social problems arose that did not exist in earlier times in this country--such as credit card debt and large scale of break-up of families via divorces and separations. The children that grew up in these disfunctional families may behave in ways that not only harms themselves but others when they are adults.  Even if these children come from a strong family, if the parents do not have much to do with them and/or the parents teach them it is right to buy anything at any price, then they may do anything to get anything they want--even if it is not morally correct and/or illegal.

    The federal government also decided to print money like it was toilet paper starting in the 1970's to make people think they were getting "richer", but in reality there purchasing power was decreasing by the decade.  Later, many individuals went in the stock markets in large numbers and other artificially-inflated investments (especially IRAs, houses, gold, oil/gas futures, and food futures) when they figured this out--while at the same time forgetting about their fellow people who were in need of help not only overseas but in their own cities.  Income gap continued to grow and continues to this day, making the economy even more unstable--mostly due to increasing cost of EVERYTHING resulting from excessive greed from many areas.

      Education also has been in decline for decades in this country and overseas. 

Without a sound mathematical, artistic, historical, or humatarian-inspired education, many people continue to be in trouble as a result of greedy people.  Lack of historical knowledge can be disastorous for anyone because history DOES repeat over and over--just in different methods--and regardless of technological advancement!  Lack of a sound education system in a society also leads to lack of both critical thinking and long-term planning, which hurt society in the short, medium, and long term.
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People today are absolutely controlled by their false sense of self. The ego .
I'm disgusted with the human race .All you hear these days are people killing, exploiting,using, everything and everyone to exhaustion. They are NEVER satisfied. Their endless pursuits for fame fortune and notoriety are typical. They don't know when to stop ,trampling on everything in their way to get ahead. Their preoccupation with financial freedom has overtaken their whole purpose in life . They destroy all of natures resources,animals and environment for their love of money!
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I think people are greedy quite simply because they can be.  A pig is an animal regarded as being greedy however I would could class a lot of people as being worse.  Theres no law to say what is an fair share of wealth so there will always be unbalance without that.  People arent prepared to to anything for others without money involved theres always a price .  The more money a person makes the deeper they fall into sin.  Look at the world today and the value of someones worth is clearly underated by money.  We need to seriously look at what everyone actually needs and strive to change the system.
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Because they are selfish. They care nothing about other people. Look out your window. At the people in your neighborhood. The window is just a glass. But when you put a little silver behind the glass it becomes a mirror. Where you stop seeing the people and you only see your self. The difference is the little bit of silver. Just takes a little bit of money to stop thinking about others. People like that are the sadist people of all. Rich people worry about how they can keep there money. Poor people worry about how to get money.
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Everyone in this thread uses the words "They" and "Them" when talking about greedy people. Of course, NONE OF US are greedy, it's only the other person whos greedy. None of you are strong enough to admit you're greedy not even over the internet?
Everyone is greedy. Your ancestors didnt pass your genes on to you with altruistic traits, it took the greed of life that all organisms have. Of course some people are more greedy than others, but everyone has greed to some degree.
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It seems to be the trait with immediate family members. Ever notice how unhappy and miserable greedy people are?  They look down on people like me, I've worked hard to support my family, started full time plus with no regrets. I've always tried to live by sharing everything that I was earning, and I've learned that the more you do for most people, the more you are taken for granted and underappreciated. I am now long divorced and at age 56 out of work for over a year. I have a very small pension, not enough to make even the basic of needs from month to month, but I am grateful not to be saddled with debt. Too many people are carrying too much debt! Here is where the greedy part comes in. Most people get into debt because they do not have the purchasing power to pay cash for items, Cars, houses ect, because the prices are overinflated on everything. There is the Greed. To the immediate family members: My Girlfriends brother is greedy, downright Greedy!  I say this because he is doing very well financially and demands money from his sister every month on the house her parents should of left her. He did not accept the responsibility that was given to him to provide the insurance payments to cover funeral expenses, and now we are being gouged for over 60% of our total income. He was trying to sell the house and throw us out because making money is so much more important than cutting someone in his family a much needed break. He had a "Change of heart" when he found out the housing market in our area is so crappy, that no one would want to pay that kind of money on a house like this that has been long neglected and in much of repairs! So money, money money!  He worked out a "Deal" if that is what you would call it with her when he found out we had some money set aside, (Throw out money). She was being treated with much cruelty and indifference by him. Things have calmed down because he is getting hi "Walkin around money" from us every month. This payment, (Legal Extortion in my opinion) blows a very big hole in the situation. The money is needed here to bit by bit do much needed repairs to the structure. His greedy kind has this need to be "Above" the people and family members around them. Greedy people are extremely self centered having no regards for someone elses needs. It would be nothing for him to say just take the house, best of luck to you, and in so doing, by blessing others around you, I am a firm believer in these would be returned to him in kind. The greedy heart shuts out God, and the virtues of life. There you have it, my opinions, my experiences!
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Because they want to collect every thing even when they don't need it.In my opinion,we have to stop being greedy because we all going to a grave and nothing from what you collected will be with you.
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Interesting question. First of all, it is only fair to remember that by no means everybody is greedy. In fact, if you really look around everyone you know, I bet you will find that most of them are at least as much concerned with their families, friends, children etc, as they are with trying to gain material possessions. We are often told that humans are hopelessly selfish and grasping, always trying to grab things for themselves just like our ape ancestors; but is it really true?

I think most of us have a selfish and an unselfish side. If we are encouraged to be very materialistic and to measure happiness in terms of possessions, (as we are) then many of us will readily do that. But on the other hand, 9 out of 10 people, if convinced that someone needs their help -financial or any other kind -will give it.

What I always remember is this: I have been robbed (pickpockets) maybe three times in my life. But the number of people (strangers) who have come running after me because I had forgotten my bag, wallet or whatever, is so big that I can't count them. Most people aren't so bad. We should be able to get together and deal with the really greedy ones.
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My therapist once (actually many times) and it stuck in my head said cheap people are greedy people.  One goes hand in hand with another.  Nobody is perfect but some people seem to display this trait much more than others. It's ugly.
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People who are greedy for food feel really sad ,deep down and usually hate the way they look. Some of them try to protect themselves by creating an ego to hide behind. They do however suffer when they are alone. Those who worship money are just seeking the approval of others.
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They think that this current economic crisis gives them a special license to treat other humans with disrespect. Some people are just a few small steps from savages. If you take away even just a few key elements that they posses or want you will see how fast they will turn against you. They are still children who have not fully matured and shouldn't be allowed to participate in grown up activities because of their dangerous behavior. It is evident when they drive their cars angrily or trample people to death at stores. The sad part is that when the crisis is over we will still remember their actions.
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Because what they have isn't enough, they need to take more, humans are not an animal, they don't do anything for the environment, they just take everything. Humans are a huge virus.
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I am disgusted with the whole human race They kill, exploit and can only think of one thing Money and geetting their success ,even though if that means to trample over everything to get it. I would rather slepp with an animal than a human being .They depress me no end
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People are greedy because they covet things that they don't have or cannot have. Its just natural. Someone who is the richest person in the world still wants more. It's a hole that never seems to be filled.
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That hole is the remenents left over from the lies were taught at school. Ie they still teach Walter Reighley and went before the queen and brought tobacco and isnt he grreat. Light up in a pub and see how welcome you really are. YOUR NOT. BUT YOUR THE EFFECT. NOT THE CAUSE in such matters.? The effect of their deceipt. HOLE. Promised love that is nothin more than trade these days.
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There are two diffrent kinds of greed, depending on the motivation to be greedy. One greed can be the desire to accumulate and provide goods, money, shelter, security, etc for the people you love. Another greed is to accumulate all of the above only for onself, and not to share. Accumulating money and goods can't buy happyness, but giving it away does.
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The dictionary defines greed as an excessive desire to especially possess wealth and material possessions. I believe it is a due to a lack of wisdom and understanding about the purpose of life. King Solomon, one of the most wealthy, powerful and respected king in history through his experience will know that it is all vanity and pride; to feel respected and powerful. Chasing for them is like chasing the wind; after a while nothing satisfies and there is nothing to grasp. To worsen matters, this pursuit comes with a price; we lose the family, lose our health, lose our joy, lose real friends, lose our faith, lose our integrity and etc. By the grace of God, we may one day wake up due to whatever reasons; failures, illness, etc. It is written that our purpose in life is to love God and love our neighbour as we love ourselves. To feed our greed is to serve ourselves alone and contrary God's law  for preserving a joyful life and the earth. Lastly, if God's grace is not with us, we will end up in hell; we inherit both the earthly torment and the eternal torment in hell. As Solomon says, fear God; be contented, that's is the way to life..
God bless to all who reads this.
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The fact is greed is everywhere.  Some people have this attitude that to be rich in money is to be successful.  We create a hell and porn others for money in this world.  Also we abuse the system of equality because there is none setup.  Nobody deserve more wealth then another. We  are all human and deserve a fair share of anything.  

Pride and self worth reflect on society.  If I decide to pay someone twice as much as another its unfair.  We are so primitive and dumb as humans.  Its chaos really.  I have often wondered why we even bother to print money.  Schools and the government are stuck in a pre dated system and nobody cares about the individual Only how much tax and money they can make !!

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My husband cannot share or throw anything away, this totally pisses me off, I am opposite
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I think is that when they were little they were raised without so as they grew they would take it out of other money and the stuff . I know cause my uncle is the same way he is greedy.
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I think people are greedy because somewhere along the way, probably as children, they did not have their basis needs met. Now they can't get enough of anything from money to relationships to successes. They always want more and don't care if it is at someone else's expense.
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I wholeheartedly agree with you.
It also seems the more they acquire the more they think they need.This happened in my case. An elder sibling had the nice house,own business,nice cars,holidays. When the parents died, he was left everything for him to sort out amongst the other siblings but decided he wanted and needed the lot & gave nothing to his siblings nor a headstone for the parents grave, as that would have meant eating into his inheritance.Meanwhile the poor relations paid for it.GREED !
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We all know the brevity of life. When we look back and see whats chasing us we panic.We fear we don't have enough time to get what we think is ours and we lack the confidence that it will come by the rewards of our own worthiness.So we  do the things  we  do.
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People only think of their self when they have all they need than it makes them feed on ego!
People do not feel guilty if they can get away taking money and thinking what you don't know won't hurt you.
Recently I had someone take one of my diamond earrings (Male) He had asked to use my phone and had to go into my bedroom to get it. I trusted him and would never of thought that he would take something out of my house.
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Because it is in our instincts to provide for the future, when one is worried about the future one will collect and this can become addictive.

Or

If one found happiness once when collecting materials one thinks it is the answer again and again, perhaps greed is a way that has built our human race to where it is today through evolution.

Or

Perhaps greed is a tool that helps define a character, a balance would be the ideal character. The human mind would have been designed with greed through evolution, if it was not meant to be it would have been wiped through natural selection and through us loathing greed it would have not been passed in our genes (sexual attractiveness), however it was passed. It is still passed so greed must be a must in order for us to be a human being with the right balance to SURVIVE.

Who knows...
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When one as everything and another as nothing then the one with everything brags about what hes got, what hes done etc it causes the one who has nothing to want more. You can't say that the person with nothing is greedy because hes less educated. Look at the xfactor. Those wallies and insults to many with bad hair cuts have probablt got more than I have ever had. I spent my life as a musician and worked darn hard. They havent had time to do any work and probably never will. MY greed is good for me, it serves as a reminder of those that have everything and did little for it and what they are really like. Actually thoe 2 I mentioned are used by someone who isn't greedy at all. Such a nice man don't you think?  GREED is an effect not a cause. It is an effect of not having anything. Its a yearning for something, could it be a better life? More compassion delivered and not just spoken. EG: Council, I was homeless, excuse me please do you have a home for me. NO. Stick you compassion where the sun don't shine. See what I'm getting at. A world renown singer adopts a kid and the world loves her for it. She did it at the time here carear was waining I bet? Not seen her on tv much? If I had that amount of money for doing nothing id have adopted a village. Grow up those with all the money don't give a hoot about any of us who a re right to be greedy, right to want more, WHY: Because of all the promises. Do you think also that adopting a polar bear isn't a profit scam. They did this at 2 prices £2 and £3 per month to see which one made more profit. Don't steel spouts the thief, don't kill spouts the murdered, don't do this that and the other, ive had the same things done to me thanks to the british people but I don't exactly blame them as their acts are EFFECTS NOT CAUSES.  Theyre an efect of the greed that rules the world, come on they claim the land and sell it to us or not. They are the romans. They crusified me and theyl do the same to you. If your in debt do what burnard manning advised. When Ive Got It Youl Get It Blks. Your in debt to noone, theyre attacking you because theyre jelous. They hide behind a non existant jelous god and blame him but its man. Those with it all. I don't watch tv. REMEMBER This, what you do is an EFFECT NOT A CAUSE. A Man steels a loaf of bread not because hes a thief, but because hes hungry. For Your sake, don't love your enemies.
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Because they want to take or exploit from others, what they won't go out and earn for themselves.
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And what of those who spent 35 years earning and still have nothing. Ive worked with some of the biggest names in showbusiness and my last gig was for £80, it was in scotland, it cost me £40 petrol and £10 food. 30 quid for a 28 hour day, and 30 years hard work and practice before that (ive done the factories) The star/ actually I MADE MYSELF DISAPEAR, no more clues.
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This is what changed me. I would always get used and taking advantage of by everybody and as a kid I saw my family struggle for money and fight cause of money. We needed it. And I noticed that I really wanted to get that problem out of the way which lead me to getting money and keep on getting it because I can pay my bills and put food on the table with out worrying about it and I want more money because I want to live lavish. With out worries that I had as a kid..
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When one as everything and another as nothing then the one with everything brags about what hes got, what hes done etc it causes the one who has nothing to want more. You can't say that the person with nothing is greedy because hes less educated. Look at the xfactor. Those wallies and insults to many with bad hair cuts have probablt got more than I have ever had. I spent my life as a musician and worked darn hard. They havent had time to do any work and probably never will. MY greed is good for me, it serves as a reminder of those that have everything and did little for it and what they are really like. Actually thoe 2 I mentioned are used by someone who isn't greedy at all. Such a nice man don't you think?  GREED is an effect not a cause. It is an effect of not having anything. Its a yearning for something, could it be a better life? More compassion delivered and not just spoken. EG: Council, I was homeless, excuse me please do you have a home for me. NO. Stick you compassion where the sun don't shine. See what I'm getting at. A world renown singer adopts a kid and the world loves her for it. She did it at the time here carear was waining I bet? Not seen her on tv much? If I had that amount of money for doing nothing id have adopted a village. Grow up those with all the money don't give a hoot about any of us who a re right to be greedy, right to want more, WHY: Because of all the promises. Do you think also that adopting a polar bear isn't a profit scam. They did this at 2 prices £2 and £3 per month to see which one made more profit. Don't steel spouts the thief, don't kill spouts the murdered, don't do this that and the other, ive had the same things done to me thanks to the british people but I don't exactly blame them as their acts are EFFECTS NOT CAUSES.  Theyre an efect of the greed that rules the world, come on they claim the land and sell it to us or not. They are the romans. They crusified me and theyl do the same to you. If your in debt do what burnard manning advised. When Ive Got It Youl Get It Blks. Your in debt to noone, theyre attacking you because theyre jelous. They hide behind a non existant jelous god and blame him but its man. Those with it all. I don't watch tv. REMEMBER This, what you do is an EFFECT NOT A CAUSE. A Man steels a loaf of bread not because hes a thief, but because hes hungry. For Your sake, don't love your enemies. This ego problem keeps poppin up, so heres my view. I AM a body, a mind, conscious, subconscious, higher conscious super conscious, supra conscious. Spirit, soud, EGO, SUPER EGO, ALTEr EGO, AND SOmthing they havent claimed as knowing me better than I know myself. FLipteka-EGO. Yeah, your right I made that up 2. I am WHOLE, I AM  BEING, and I AM A BEING THIS , and This ONLY. Gods NAme: I am THAT I am. NO YOUR NOT I AM> Get it its a claim on you. THAT is something distant from the source, otherwise his name would be I AM THIS I AM... WAKEY WAKEY, don't serve those who would not serve you. Whoops sorry, they removed the choice also. Guluk

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