Greed
 
Greed


'Today we will speak of greed,' the man announces to those gathered before him.

'Greed, Sir?' asks a young man seated near him. 'Are there lessons to be learned from greed?'

The man smiles and says, 'There are lessons to be learned in all things. Some we learn to achieve our dreams and some we must learn so that our dreams will not be destroyed.'

Now that he has gained their full attention, he begins. 'Greed,' he says, 'by definition is an excessive desire for something, such as wealth or power. There are, however, many things that can cause greed to rise within us. Greed is not complimentary nor is it necessary to our well-being and the simple living of our lives. Some would say that greed is only the desire to better ourselves. This, however, is flawed thinking as I will explain.'

He settles himself once more and looks out among them. 'How many of you have gardens? It may be flowers or vegetables you have planted. How many of you have a small orchard for growing fruit?'

There is a show of hands and he asks, 'How many of you have found weeds in your gardens and orchards?' The same hands are raised and he believes they are already seeing where his thoughts may be taking them.

'Greed is like the weeds choking the life from a garden. It steals the sun, the rain, the very nourishment from the soil that plants and trees need to grow and bloom and produce. Weeds are voracious in their need and have no compassion for other growing things. It is their way, their nature, and, alas, can do nothing to lessen this need so we accept it as a part of nature and must lessen the impact ourselves,' he explains.

'But, Sir, how do weeds relate to greed in Man?' asks another young man.

'Ah, my son, the similarities are many except for one very important difference. Weeds have no choice in their greediness. Man does,' he says and allows these words to lay upon the silence for a short while.

'Greed in Man will steal values and destroy the soul and dreams of each of us if we allow greed to take control. It can also destroy the spirits of those who are impacted by our greed. Greed can easily become insatiable and its craving for more will not relent. Greed can be described very simply as 'never having enough' or 'an appetite that is never satisfied. It does not consider only that which we need as it becomes a matter of that which we want or believe we must have. We may develop an unhealthy appetite for money, power, superiority in status, or even for love and happiness,' he says and pauses to collect his thoughts.

He begins once more, 'Greed can destroy the dreams of Man because there is no fulfillment or sense of accomplishment if Man continues to let greed rule his life. He will becomes as the weeds in the garden. He will only take and will have neither the ability nor the moral focus to give. This in itself is a sorrowful truth. This is not to say that new dreams cannot be nor is it impossible to improve one's status but it must be done for the right reasons, and not with a misguided belief that there will never be enough to satisfy the dream, the spirit, the living of life. We must take care that in our journeys that we look upon our fellow man as helpmates and not as an obstacle we must overcome. We must never confuse 'bettering of ourselves' with being better than another. We all want things in our lives and this is part of our nature as humans but when these 'wants' begin to rule every breath we take, every step we make, without considering what we already have then we are allowing our greed for more to rule us. We must remember that life, love, and happiness can be wasted if in its pursuit we do not appreciate what we already have and embrace that gift. We must also remember that 'too much' is not nearly so easily enjoyed as we might believe. We must look at greed with our eyes and heart opened fully. We must understand that wanting and needing are never the same and must be willing to accept that what we need is more important than what we believe we want. If not, then greed can become a detrimental force in our lives. It is perfectly reasonable to have dreams and work to achieve them but even this must be tempered with realism and acceptance that having more will not truly allow those dreams to reach fruition.'

He sits silently while his audience digests the words he has spoken and slips them into their framework of thought. He waits for more questions and is pleased when an older woman stands and begins to speak, 'I believe what you are telling us is that we must learn to balance satisfaction with dreams and must understand the differences of want and need. Also we must never use our 'want' for more to harm another or impede their own journey of life. Is this correct, Sir?'

He smiles and says, 'Yes, that is exactly what I am saying.' He rises and begins to leave them when a younger woman says, 'Thank you, Sir. You have given us much to consider once more. Perhaps when next I tend my garden I will also be more compassionate toward the weeds I find there.'

He turns and smiles, 'Indeed, my child, indeed.'




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By Myrna D.

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