Friday, 26 September 2014

Greed

Greed (Latin, avaritia), also known as avarice, cupidity or covetousness, is, like lust and gluttony, a sin of excess. However, greed (as seen by the church) is applied to a very excessive or rapacious desire and pursuit of material possessions. Thomas Aquinas wrote:
"Greed is a sin against God, just as all mortal sins, in as much as man condemns things eternal for the sake of temporal things." 
In Dante's Purgatory, the penitents were bound and laid face down on the ground for having concentrated too much on earthly thoughts. Scavenging and hoarding of materials or objects, theft and robbery, especially by means of violence, trickery, or manipulation of authority are all actions that may be inspired by Greed. Such misdeeds can include simony, where one attempts to purchase or sell sacraments, including Holy Orders and, therefore, positions of authority in the Church hierarchy.

As defined outside of Christian writings, greed is an inordinate desire to acquire or possess more than one needs, especially with respect to material wealth.

The leaders of our companies worldwide seem all seem to be blinded by greed. Bonuses , Exit premiums all seem to have one goal: to become more and more rich yourself at the expense of others.


 

3 comments:

  1. Your last paragraph says it all Han! Thanks for sharing.

    Hugs and Blessings...
    Cat

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    1. Yes, I have a rather strong moral opinion about such people. but there are son many of them. The mayor of our city has more than 70 parttime jobs beside his being mayor of the small town. And now we are bankrupt as a city. Of course the mayor says there is no connection at all with his jobs that made him a rich man.

      Bah,
      Han

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  2. Amen to what you said
    It is soooo truth.

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