Join the Unexplained Mysteries community today! It's free and setting up an account only takes a moment.
- Sign In or Create Account -
Sign in to follow this  
Followers 8
Mr Walker

Why are humans "greedy"?

71 posts in this topic

Humans are "greedy" because they want to live.

want to live..or want to mate? Same thing?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

... like i said earlier, Selfishness / Ego. I'd say there are varying levels of Greed / Selfishness / Needy Ego? As others have said, it's really a matter of Insecurity, which i equate with Fear.

*

Edited by lightly
2 people like this

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

To play devil's advocate, what if your wants do not coincide with your neighbor's wants?

I don't see there being a problem because the true wants are universal, and that shouldn't get in the way of that Basic need of freedom to go wherever and be whoever you want to be.

It's these false wants that cause problems. They address and re-enforse Ego and create a false sense of value that is not to the benefit of anyone except for sustaining Corporatism, Capitalism, Consumerism and our current elite.. In religious terms, if a neighbour wants his neighbourhood to live by his religious laws then well, stiff sh.t mate, that cannot happen because that supresses peoples basic need of freedom to go wherever and be whoever you want to be.

Our basic needs should over-ride any Want, even the good ones, if those wants threaten to suppress those basic needs..

Edited by Professor T

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

People are greedy because they need something to fill them and refuse to become spiritually whole.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

maybe it's got something to do with wanting to be loved too ? ... more is "better" ,, so, "better" deserves more love. A sort of desperate attempt for love , from others, and a higher self love / esteem of oneself? It's as if people think respect and love can be , like anything else, ' acquired' rather than received.

i dunno.. great question though :tu:

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

... like i said earlier, Selfishness / Ego. I'd say there are varying levels of Greed / Selfishness / Needy Ego? As others have said, it's really a matter of Insecurity, which i equate with Fear.

*

True that, it all comes down to Ego..

But I think it goes beyond Fear in many cases.. In some cases it's Programming.. Such as People who believe (though programming) that the aqusition of large sums of money/riches will make them feel whole and accepted in society. Or People who believe (though programming) that owning the latest gadget will make their lives whole.. Your right that it's all about Ego, but fear is only one aspect of it imo. Or People through belief and Programming who think they must aquire the most money, the most riches, own fifty houses, and have a bigger income than their neighbours.

Greed is a symptom of these types of belief and programming imo.. Not the cause..

1 person likes this

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

interesting Professor T. .. My dictionary description of greed included Food as something we could have intense desire of. I get that now... Gluttony would be a food 'greediness' ? It's natural to get hungry and desire food, it's unnatural to keep eating once your full?

Survival instinct , and hunger, causes us to pick berries... but gluttony makes us eat too many of them at once? ..and then greediness causes us to take home as much as we can carry and more than we can possibly use before they spoil so we can eat too many tomorrow and the next day too?

Or, what if our tribe allowed us to trade the berries for items of value and we got rich! .. would it be viewed as greed or admired as ambition ? How is ambition viewed now? I think your right about greed sometimes being a symptom of what we are taught has value.

1 person likes this

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

To play devil's advocate, what if your wants do not coincide with your neighbor's wants?

IMO that is where society, laws, and education of the population to compromise comes in. It comes back to the difference between needs and wants. No neighbour has a right to deprive someone of something they need, eg sleep but they might have the right to deprive them of something they want, eg a three story house overlooking their back yard.

In a democracy these conflicts are worked out by the representatives of the people and the courts. This is infinitely better than having the strong or powerful do as they want.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

It's a malfunction in genetic level.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

greed |grēd|

noun

intense and selfish desire for something, esp. wealth, power, or food. . . ( food? .. ok guesso )

ORIGIN late 16th cent.: back-formation from greedy.

...which descends from the Anglo-Saxon 'ælegrǽdig'

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

It's as if people think respect and love can be , like anything else, ' acquired' rather than received.

interesting point

1 person likes this

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

interesting point

Children are often taught or learn this principle. They are judged for what they do, not for who they are. This applies from childhood with many parents, but certainly in schools and society; work sporting and social groups.

Children also observe the lives of adults in reality and on television, magazines, social media etc, and notice that worth and repsect is judged not on how good a person is, how compassionate, ethical and moral they are, but how rich they are or how powerful and influential they are.

1 person likes this

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

...which descends from the Anglo-Saxon 'ælegrǽdig'

Could you translate 'ælegrǽdig' into modern english as closely as possible please ealdwita? ( if anyone can it's probably you )

Funny if you say it means 'GREEDY'

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Could you translate 'ælegrǽdig' into modern english as closely as possible please ealdwita? ( if anyone can it's probably you )

Funny if you say it means 'GREEDY'

greed [] 1. néodfracu f yearning; 2. ~y adj ælegrǽdig, eallgrǽdig; ~y for gold adj goldhwæt; 3. Allgreedy

http://home.comcast.net/~modean52/

http://home.comcast.net/~modean52/new_to_old_english_g.htm

1 person likes this

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Children are often taught or learn this principle. They are judged for what they do, not for who they are. This applies from childhood with many parents, but certainly in schools and society; work sporting and social groups.

Children also observe the lives of adults in reality and on television, magazines, social media etc, and notice that worth and repsect is judged not on how good a person is, how compassionate, ethical and moral they are, but how rich they are or how powerful and influential they are.

agreed, but i would say it's the same for adults too. they look to these things to define worth as well.

i think it's what's at the root of all the crap to be honest.

2 people like this

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Deliberately vague. Deliberately open. I dont want to say any more, including my own train of thought, for fear of directing peoples' thoughts, but I'd be interested in any opinions, spiritual or physical, on this.

Greed is a symptom for something much deeper... egocentrism. Hence it is in fact the original sin... all others stem from it.

Edited by Jor-el
1 person likes this

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Greed is a symptom for something much deeper... egocentrism. Hence it is in fact the original sin... all others stem from it.

There is a lot of truth in this. I might not use a modern psychological term like ego centric but certainly the concept of self as the most important thing in the universe is at the heart of many human problems.

It comes, I believe, from our independent and separate states of self awareness. The first awareness we become conscious of is our own and it fixes in place as the most important thing in our lives. It is very rare for a human to truly understand the awareness of others, and to credit each and every one with equal significance to their own.

1 person likes this

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

In my opinion I don't think the term greedy can be applied to any other life form on earth except humans.

I "blame" the cultures we've created. If you observe animals you'll see some of them do things that we might appear as greedy. But its really just their nature. For example a leader of a pack may seem greedy when they eat first and snarl at anyone that tries to take some. But in my opinion they aren't being greedy. They're doing their job as "leader". Making sure they say strong so they can protect the rest of the pack. But, they'll also make sure the lesser members of the pack are fed as well in most cases.

Humans are the only ones that desire possessions out of place or that they don't deserve. We're the only ones that want more than we need. I feel the culture we've developed is responsible for that. The richer we are the more power we have. We're the only ones that have moved beyond our instincts to survive as a driving force.

Edited by Magicjax
1 person likes this

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

In my opinion I don't think the term greedy can be applied to any other life form on earth except humans.

I "blame" the cultures we've created. If you observe animals you'll see some of them do things that we might appear as greedy. But its really just their nature. For example a leader of a pack may seem greedy when they eat first and snarl at anyone that tries to take some. But in my opinion they aren't being greedy. They're doing their job as "leader". Making sure they say strong so they can protect the rest of the pack. But, they'll also make sure the lesser members of the pack are fed as well in most cases.

Humans are the only ones that desire possessions out of place or that they don't deserve. We're the only ones that want more than we need. I feel the culture we've developed is responsible for that. The richer we are the more power we have. We're the only ones that have moved beyond our instincts to survive as a driving force.

Your last statement says it all, I think. Humans can choose greed or not.

In fact, the very concept/ construct and idea of greed only comes from human thought and language, which attaches a name to a symbolic concept. Like all our other conceptual constructs.

I think you are on track with your second deduction too. We evloved as instinctive animals conditioned to certain responses to our environment. As we developed self aware intelligence we know some of thse responses are not appropriate when we have such control over our environment, but our biology drives us on.

Also we use resources as power and as control. So perhaps that is why humans are greedy, not just in eating more than is good for them, but in accumulating wealth beyond anything needed for comfortable survival.

Anyway, I have had the good fortune to gain an unexpected windfall of several thousand dollars.

My wife and i are having some pensioners around to our place for christmas lunch and tea, to give them a bit of a treat they could not afford; and some I have given away to young people who have nothing at all and are homeless or couch surfing, so that they can have something for christmas. My family are all rich enough that there is no point buying anything for them and I have only bought presents for my wife (some indoor gold fish, and a carrara marble benchtop, if i can ever find one) and my mum ( a voucher from her favourite gardening shop)

Only two more sleeps to christmas, so to anyone who reads this, a peaceful, stress- free and happy, christmas and new year.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Humans are greedy because they are inherently evil and all human actions are based on natural selection and survival of the fittest. The most competitive and aggressive take everything and leave nothing for weaker beings. This is the true savage face of humanity.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Humans are greedy because they are inherently evil and all human actions are based on natural selection and survival of the fittest. The most competitive and aggressive take everything and leave nothing for weaker beings. This is the true savage face of humanity.

Even if i were to accept that evolution makes us greedy rather than just as we are,(capable of greed and charity) then why does evolution not make all animals the same?

I think greed only comes with our evolved self aware intelligence, and how we learn to be. No other animals really display greed because it goes against evolution. They would get fat, lazy, and either not be able to predate, or be easy prey for predators. Humans have moved beyond those limitations via technology and so can "afford" to be greedy.

one problem with competitive and agressive humans trying to dominate more peaceful menbers is the balance of numbers. In the wlld west before families arrived, and law via courts and sheriffs etc was established, a number of gangs tried to "tree" a town and rob a bank etc only to be repulsed, and in some cases eliminated, by otherwise peaceful, law- abiding, but well armed citizens.

To be a bit controverial at the present time, this was one principle on which the USA was founded. That armed citizens could not be dominated by any form of tyrant, if they combined together.

Edited by Mr Walker

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!


Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.


Sign In Now
Sign in to follow this  
Followers 8

  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    No registered users viewing this page.