Greed is not about the accumulation of wealth. It’s the accumulation of wealth at the expense of someone else labors.
“There is no greed in desiring more, there is only greed in stealing the labors of others.”
– Jeremy Locke
It’s ok to want more. It’s ok to have more. As long as you don’t steal it.
The important part here is stealing. Stealing is never a good thing.
The Robin Hood story is just wrong. Even if you give back to people in need, stealing is not a good thing.
“There are a lot of people who are doing wonderful things, quietly, with no motive of greed, or hostility toward other people, or delusions of superiority.”
– Charles Kuralt
Do wonderful things for others. Earn the wealth you want doing so. Earn as much as you want.
You can be a good energy into the life of a lot of people as you earn the wealth you desire.
We’re all drive by the desire to avoid pain and get more pleasure. It’s at the base of all our behavior.
“All human have the desire for certainty that they can avoid pain and gain pleasure.”
– Tim Robbins
Avoiding pain and gaining pleasure can become something that rules your life. When it’s the case, you could end up feeling out of control. Or you could end up with a maniacal control on your life. As in everything, the middle path is always the better way.
Let’s say you got burned by the oven when you were 6 years old. That experience will be printed in your memory. If you let it grow, you could end up never be able to cook anything using an oven. But, understanding that you have to be careful and use the oven wisely, you can go over that bad memory and cook with it. Doing so will ask that you do some work on yourself and find the guts to overcome your fear of the pain.
Pain is a warning. It has to show you that you need to make some changes.