virtues

greed – the strongest poison

simply stephen / June 21, 2011

Part 2 of 4 in a series on the poisons in life

ignorance the hidden poison
anger the most harmful poison
greed the strongest poison
three poisons: greed, anger and ignorance

Greed forces you covet things and people.

That creates a vicious cycle. Each item you acquire spawns a desire to have more. More power, wealth, ability, etc.. But each thing does not help you grow as a person. For as you attain new things the ability to fulfil you as a person is diminished. And so the cycle begins again. You constantly seek that diamond in the rough.

If familiarity breeds contempt, then greed breeds deceit.

The pursuit of greed generates a society of have and have nots. It compounds other problems. Scavenging, hoarding, theft, trickery and deception. Problems that would be better off gone. As for stuff – frankly, there is enough to go round.

an alternative to greed

Instead, consider a focus that is based on life. A generous one. That’s not about money.

So many of us live with a lack of purpose. The purpose to attain overrides a meaning in life. We lose focus and stop achieving great things. Those innate abilities that each of us have are suppressed when we concentrate on pure material. Material that doesn’t nurture and support life.

Give what you can, when you can.

If money is short, donate your time and support. If time is limited, share your wealth with the community that supports you. This form of living creates a pillar of strength for you. The virtue of sharing is heartfelt and builds connection and good feelings that will last for a lifetime.

It will feed you with spirit and happiness. That reward is priceless.

Our next article will explore anger, perhaps the most harmful of the poisons.

 

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