Greed

The more you love money, the less it appears to love you back. A recent study found that nearly 60 percent of investors who score high on a love of money scale actually have had bad financial outcomes, according to State Street’s Center for Applied Research. Junior Britney Mickey believes that greed can be good and bad.

“You are not the only person in the world and others matter too. It’s good to give to the people that need it.” Mickey said. “But also no because there is also times when you should put yourself first. You have to make sure that your the best you can be before you take care of others.”

The human life would become miserable when we aspire for the wealth or income that does not match our hard work and performance. If we become content with our possessions be it money or property, we can lead a very peaceful life. We can rejoice whatever comes our way. In fact we can be very happy and peaceful as long as when we do not compare our wealth of life styles with others. Sophomore Madison Greene says that we can counteract greed in many ways.

“You can counteract greed by learning and seeing that greed makes you unhappy, even if you are happy at the moment, but the happiness does not last. You do not really get what you want when you are greedy.”

Greed is a complex and misunderstood emotion. On one hand, it can motivate people to be creative and innovative. On the other, extreme greed can damage a company, individual careers and family life when a sense of entitlement prevails and reality is lost. Managing the tipping point between a healthy desire to accumulate money and destructive greed is essential for the good of an individual and a business. Accumulating wealth is not necessarily a mark of greed. For many successful people, money is the result of their performance and work values, and it is not their sole objective. Creative greed can tip over and become destructive when people see others around them with more money, leaving them feeling inadequate. They do not reflect on how those people may have worked harder, taken more risks, or have been more initiative.

“With a greedy person it’s a bottomless pit,” freshman Lauren Guidi said. “The worst thing is that you can’t live up to the expectations, because the expectations keep moving.”