Monday, December 3 2012
Is Greed Good?
The definition of greed is that it is an intense and selfish desire for
something, esp. wealth, power or food. While most people view greed as
something to be looked down upon, while in actuality greed can be both
good and bad. As Mr. Gekko stated in the movie, greed is the motivation for
businesses; without it business owners would not succeed personally in a
business perspective. This is actually the first time that I have heard that
greed is good because I have been brought up thinking that greed is a
negative thing. Because of that, of course I still see greed as something to
be looked down upon. Though now I understand in a business perspective
how greed can be positive.
In my opinion I believe that greed is not good because it can bring out
the worst in people; for example Mr.Gekko has turned into a selfish and
heartless man because of greed, he would do anything to get money. As a
result of greed he is driven mad, just wanting more and more money and
never being satisfied with the vast amount of money he has. Sure greed
drives our businesses which drives our country, but personally if someone
was greedy no one would like them.
As a christian we have been brought up to see greed as a negative
thing. Even in the bible it tells us that greed is not good, “For of this you
can be sure: No immoral, impure or greedy person- such a man is an
idolater- has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God”
(Ephesians 5:5). Meaning that with greed some people become so obsessed
with obtaining wealth that they're basically worshiping it. Even if they don't
realize that they become to idolize that, it's still a sin.
Maybe I might be just over reacting to greed, but it goes against my
values and beliefs. I think you become crazy with greed and I don't want
that to happen to me since I have seen...