Friday, May 18, 2012

Worse than greed

I have readers who suggest that greed is sufficient to explain the irresponsible and destructive behavior of court officials. I do not accept that. A famous movie speech said greed is good:
Greed, for lack of a better word, is good. Greed is right. Greed works. Greed clarifies, cuts through, and captures, the essence of the evolutionary spirit. Greed, in all of its forms; greed for life, for money, for love, knowledge, has marked the upward surge of mankind and greed, you mark my words, will not only save Teldar Paper, but that other malfunctioning corporation called the U.S.A.
The character who says that is a bad guy, and the movie is intended to ridicule this view, but it has become a capialist motto anyway. The seven deadly sins are wrath, greed, sloth, pride, lust, envy, and gluttony. These sins are not really that deadly by themselves. They are vices that lead people into temptation to do greater evils. Those greater evils are the real sins. The court officials and parasite are not just greedy. They are actively destroying lives. Maybe greed tempted them to sell their souls to the devils. Now they are ideologically committed to doing evil.

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