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Default University of Berkeley : Rich people have a greater tendency towards greed

November 10th, 2012, 20:52
Hello, everyone,

Now, that's not really news, isn't it ?

Now I even have scientific proof !

My personal theory is quite the opposite, in fact :

The more greed a person lives, the more likely he or she becomes rich.

Because greed - in my opinion - is resulting in amassing riches, not vice versa.

This would mean that the few percent "rich top" at the top of our economy and society consist of people who got to these positions because of their greed.

Not vice versa, in my personal theory.

But, on the other hand … "richness" could become a kind of "feedback" thing, like a self-fulfilling prophecy ?

"I am rich, so I can allow myself to be unethical" ?

In the end, I guess, it'll be both things happening one after the other :

Bottom -> greed -> top
Top -> Richness -> greed

And this is why rich people never actually want to stop becoming richer and richer. Because the greed in them is just too strong.

50 Millions salary per month - that's enough, a practical man would say.

But not, it's not enough, greed dictates : It must be more … always more … This is like an illness.

And they probably never learned to say "stop", after having reached a certain plateau of earnings. These people have perhaps never learned to enure greed. Like an alcoholic must learn to say "no" after getting a bottle of wine placed before his or her eyes.

I'm not surprised. And the most greedy people sit where riches are more easily obtainable : In the Banks.

Because they know that in these places it is fairly easy to get it.


Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius and a lot of courage to move in the opposite direction. (E.F.Schumacher, Economist, Source)
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