Is Greed Good?
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 personally how greed can change people. At first they were so grateful and thankful that they have made a successful business but after a while they started to change. They soon begin to see people that are not as successful as them as unimportant. Because of that everyone they knew started to drift away from them. Since that happened all my values have changed. Greed is something that can be seen as something positive but only through a business perspective, but other than that it’s still bad and seen as a sin if you’re greedy.
University/College: University of Chicago
Type of paper: Thesis/Dissertation Chapter
Date: 2 October 2016
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