Greed: Good or Bad?

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About Muhammad Ashhar

A high school student with an interest in business and entrepreneurship, a writer, football enthusiast and movies/tv-shows fan!

36 thoughts on “Greed: Good or Bad?

  1. The character Gordon Gecco in the movie “Wall Street” famously said, “Greed is good.” But, as illustrated in that film, greed is gain at the expense of others. So, for me, the answer would be, Bad.

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  2. Greed is bad. Wanting things is not necessarily bad. Greed is a normal emotion/desire in excess which is by definition a negative thing. I might want to earn a good living, or want certain material objects, its when this turns into greed that I might start acting irrationally or prioritising incorrectly in order to get what I desire.

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  3. I think, there is universal accord that greed is curse or bad. The lowest level of greed is to live with self- interest only. The approach, self-interest only, has some justifications among economic intellectuals but an important economic tool, Game Theory, proved it mathematically that the ultimate consequences of self-interest only are not good. (Reader may Google, Prisoner’s Dilemma) Thanks.

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  4. Thank you Mr. Ilyas for sharing your thoughts with us. Also, now it is prooved that self-interest (which is clearly linked with greed itself) is bad or curse, mathematically.

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  5. I agree with you, Olivia. When one tries to attain something with greedy behaviour i.e. unjustly, he/she will surely lead towards devastation; physically, mently and spirtually. But, if one adopts patience, everything will be right and unharmed.

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  6. Greed does fuel motivation as you said but the next step i.e. taking action for attaining what we need can be pretty harmful, if we adopt greediness. But, I think implementing patience will make everything fine. Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us.

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  7. That’s very true! Greed is definitely not a great instigator for motivation. A more healthy one usually involves taking action towards the goal, obtaining patience (like you said), and maintaining determination. And no problem, this was a cool post (you should consider asking a poll question when you do these posts as well)!

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  8. I just mentioned one healthy mode for attaining. But you mentioned two more, (actions towards the goal and maintaining determination), which is absolutely great. Poll questions is a great idea for the betterment of the post. Thank you!

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  9. Thats very true. If we dont get what we need, who knows, maybe those wishes may be bad for us but we are unaware or may not be good for us at that moment. On the other hand, everything we try to achieve with determination and with patience, will surely result good. Thanks for good comments!

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  10. I’ve always been taught that greed is always bad – Greedy people are usually inconsiderate and want all they can get, even if it means depriving others. A better quality to have is ambition (for the right things, of course).

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  11. I’ll have to agree with you, Mr Ben. What a thoughtful definition of greed! I would also prefer seeing greed as a bad approach. Not only the person, who owns this approach, is affected but also the people around avoid him/her. Which will lead the greedy person to depression and loneliness.

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  12. I think we associate greed with being materialistic, but what about our desire to survive, to have a family and make a living?
    Is that greed too? Where is the line between greediness and selflessness?
    Sitting on the fence here, sorry!

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  13. I liked the way you defined ‘greedy people’, but loved the word (ambition) you mentioned. You are telling how a person can attain without greed, which is wonderful. If people adopt ambition, they will be successful for sure. Thanks for sharing your ideas with us.

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  14. Greed is the excessive desire to get more/better worldly items. Desire to survive, to have a family and make a living is something different. They are not materials, they are related to our natural life. On the other hand, greediness and selflessness are opposite to each other. A greedy person is self-interested, but selflessness is unselfishness and generosity which are two vital practices.

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  15. Marx defines materialism as our desire to be happy in survival, so in his eyes, making a living and having a family is materialistic. Surely if we take his definition into account, we’re all self-interested?
    I’m not saying Greed is a good thing, but I am saying I don’t think it’s clear cut.

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  16. Everybody desire to be happy, to have a family and to make a living and people should take actions to fullfil these wishes. But greed, in my views, is the undue eagerness to get more worldly items which may not be entitled for him/her.

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  17. First word coming to my mind is ‘bad’. Greed for me is something uncontrollable and that is a bad thing. I was trying to figure out if it could be good in any way for me but I just couldn’t find a positive to it.

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  18. I agree with you. Greed is something like a ‘wild’ emotion which just cannot be reclaimed, that is why greed is uncontrollable or Unmanageable which is a bad thing. Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us.

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  19. “If the Son of Adam had a valley of gold, then he would still like to have a second . And nothing fills his mouth but dust, Allah turns to whoever repents.” -Muhamed PBUH

    Its in our nature to want more. One who learns to be contended with what one has – is the rich one. Nowadays, we are greedy for money, gadgets and FB likes. And I am for now greedy for more readers 🙂 and comments in my blog.

    Lets count what we have, and be contended.

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  20. On the other hand, greed can also be motivating for one to work harder and make full use of ones potential. One needs to learn to balance. Now everything depends on following questions-
    1. what we are greedy about?
    2. Why do we need it?
    3. Are we overlooking someone,s rights to satisfy ourself?
    4. Is our greed making us jealous of someone?

    Striking balance could change ‘greed’ to ‘inspiration’ of life.

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  21. Thanks for sharing Muhammad (S.A.W)’s quotation with us. On the other hand, when I read your comments, I found them very catchy. You are right: I’m also greedy for more readers, likes, follows and comments in my blog. Also Allah may give you more readers and comment on your blog. Thanks for commenting!

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  22. Even if greed is motivating, it can be pretty uncontrollable, unless, patience is adopted. Also we must wish for things beneficial for us and have a good reason why we need them. Jealousy should also be avoided because I think greed + jealousy = devastation; physically, mentally and spiritually. Wonderful sentence in the end.

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  23. In my opinion, determination is good, but greed is not. Everything comes with a price, and a price for greed is not small. It can be quite dangerous when people can’t control their greed. Sometimes, it’s kind of addiction as people are not satisfied with what they have achieved, they just one more and more.

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  24. In my opinion, determination is good, but greed is not. Everything comes with a price, and a price for greed is not small. It can be quite dangerous when people can’t control their greed. Sometimes, it’s kind of addiction as people are not satisfied with what they have achieved, they just want more and more.

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  25. Indeed, determination is with patience but greed is with impatience which leads one to devastation. Also it is difficult to control greed because it is in human nature: new desires appear, now and then. Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us.

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  26. Greed is never good
    For it is human nature to always want more. The richest man alive will always want more, the most powerful man…the same. The best we can do is be happy with what we have in life to the best of our abilities.

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