BY MICHAEL REISIG –
For all the wisdom of the gods I fail to understand their concoction of greed in the nature of man.
I understand that greed is somewhat of a generator in the psyche of mankind – it drives us to perform and accomplish. It is one of the great forces in the world. But for every board foot of accomplishment that comes from greed, there are two board feet of misery to accompany it.
It really strikes me that ambition would have been more than enough to propel us to higher places – I just don’t understand the need for greed. Maybe it was a byproduct of ambition that the gods failed to recognize. It seems that each of the great motivators come with a flaw – love is blind, pride is a spiritually dehabilitating, and greed is insatiable. Even worse, in this world today greed is emerging as a virtue. We are enamored of those who have the most, no matter how they obtained it. When greed rises above compassion, there will always be suffering. I have always appreciated the quote by Mahatma Gandhi: “There’s enough on this planet for everyone’s needs, but not for everyone’s greed.”
Years ago, when I was a young man living in South Florida I remember having a conversation with an older fellow at a get-together with friends. We were discussing success and he said: “I will tell you what success is… Success is when you wake up each morning and you can’t wait to get up and do what you do, again, another day. That’s success… Doesn’t matter if it’s running a major corporation, or being a mate on a charter boat, contentment trumps possessions every time.”
Greed has always been the enemy of mankind, ever since the first two cavemen fought over a bloody bison bone around a campfire, but in this day and age, where the new social law seems to be “I deserve to have what you have,” it has metastasized across this planet and taken on a new dimension. There is a new indignity spreading like wildfire across our country, and greed has become a virus amongst the poor as well as the rich. This maturing new concept of “I deserve your wealth” will be the downfall of this nation, as part of society works madly, destroying all of nature’s bounties to accommodate the burgeoning new masses and their Marxist concepts. At some point the well goes dry – in so many ways.
I’ll leave you with one of my all time favorite quotes. I don’t know who said it, but I’m certain it was an American Indian. “Only when the last tree has died, and the last river has been poisoned, and the last fish has been caught, will we realize that we can’t eat money…”
The views and opinions expressed in this column do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of the ownership and staff of The Polk County Pulse. Michael Reisig is a freelance writer and published author whose works are reproduced throughout the globe.