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Let’s Talk About Greed (Part 1)

By August 7, 2020No Comments

Part 1 – Let’s Talk About Greed

Have you ever experienced greed? My first response and maybe yours too, I am not a greedy person. Here’s the deal, I am, you are, we all are.

Before taking the plunge let’s start with the dictionary definition. Greed – A selfish and excessive desire for more of something.

Upon reflecting why the topic of greed now, I realized it was influenced by a recent viewing of the Frontline documentary on the opioid epidemic in the United States.

The documentary was specifically focusing on fentanyl, a highly addictive opioid marketed product sold by the pharmaceutical company InSys. A few years back the CEO John Kapoor and the top five executives were charged and found guilty under the RICO statutes, a law used to bring down Mafia families in the 80s and 90s. While I don’t want to go into details, watch the documentary if you’d like, it brought up this well of anger at people who go to any length to make money. In the InSys case pushing a highly addictive drug simply to make money causing overdoses and death. The callous disregard for human life is what was so disturbing.

I got to thinking about what other roles greed plays in our lives. During the early stages of the pandemic people hoarded and sold masks in Japan and elsewhere at exorbitant prices. This caused a mask shortage and people to contract Covid-19. I am sure a percentage of the population died during that time.

There is the oil and gas industry destroying our planet. The tobacco companies initially lying about the effects of smoking all for the sake of money. While these examples are on the spectrum of greed, greed is greed.

I then started to think about how greed has played a role on a personal level. I know many of us, myself included at one time who had or have jobs that caused harm to people, animals and the planet.

Personally speaking, I needed a bubble burst before realizing how greed took over my life. And only then did I re-assess my life to make changes not motivated by greed.

What started out as a one-off post has now turned into two parts. Come back again for Part 2 – Let’s Continue Talking About Greed (On a Personal Level)

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