We don’t often think of ourselves as greedy. We point the finger at the ‘rich’: sports stars, politicians and business people whose corporations dominate our lives.
“They should do more to help”
“They’ve got the resources”
“They don’t pay their taxes and have probably got money in off-shore bank accounts”
All these suspicions may well be true, but it can make us think that we’re let off the hook.
Greed is both a personal and a collective problem.
We can all do more to help the poor. We could all probably give a little more to support charities helping those in need, yet we often think charities are corrupt too.
We fail to see Greed acting in our own lives when we want just a little bit more: more food, more devices, more money, more presents, more toilet roll to stockpile in lockdown…
We need to look at both ourselves and the wider culture. Greed is a systematic problem that we all play a part in. Our economic systems keep the poor in poverty and allow the ‘rich’ (which in reality is many of us) to get richer.
We need to step back and name this. Only then can we choose to take responsible actions in our own lives and not allow greed to control us in our daily choices.
How would you describe a greedy person?