“Greed” The Root of All Evil Sprung From

Blake - Evansville, Indiana
Entered on December 12, 2008
Age Group: 18 - 30

I believe greed is something that each individual in this world is guilty of. No matter what position in society they hold, from the drug addicts to the bishops greed has at once consumed their thoughts. This is a natural emotion for a human to feel, but the question is how we go from natural emotion to something the fuels our everyday.

In society today we our taught money I is status, money is power, value, and money is the ultimate objective in life. We are led to believe without money we cannot be content that without it we are failures. This is a notion that has existed for quite some time, and once drove individuals to work hard to earn that status, value, power and to feel successful. It seems that quality of greed is all but forgotten. For now greed is accompined by its ugly cousin laziness. People don’t want to work hard to achieve these goals to feel successful. In today’s day and age people want to make it to the top the quickest way possible. Underhanded tactics in the government, instead of working a minimum wage job they chose to sell drugs. They could care less about their fellow man as long as they have personal gain. It seems that people always have an alternative motive in everything they do today. That motive is greed. Soon the individual is willing to sacrifice their conscience, family and self values. No one cares.

One day my friend and I went to the Red Cross to donate blood but we saw something that shocked and appalled us. A man walked in with a small newborn baby and was told he could not donate blood with the child in the establishment. So instead of cutting his loses and calling it a day, he simply took two steps out the door and left the newborn baby outside on the pavement with no supervision. The man walked back inside and asked if he could now donate with even a feeling of guilt or remorse for his newborn child. What could consume an individual to leave a newborn child so helpless, outside as if it were a dog? Greed did, that man knew he would be compensated for the blood, giving him some personal gain. Is this what society has come to? A world where it is acceptable to leave our children in the streets for forty dollars? Unfortunately it seems that way.

I believe in the world of yesteryear, where a man woke to the roster’s crow and worked until the job was done. Is it possible to go back to this way of life, or is it simply too late. Has greed overtaken the once good people in this world? Sadly I believe yes and unless we change our ways we may very well go from for the better of man to the better of the individual. I can’t give you a solution to this problem but I can make everyone aware of this.