Choose To Be Greedy

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But greed is always a bad thing, right?

*Holds head in hands and shakes head.*

As soon as you hear the word ‘greed’, what do you think of? Personally I think of an evil billionaire screwing over poor people for more pennies with an evil cackle. Something along those lines. I am definitely not an advocate of, nor am I a fan of unethical money-making. What’s the point of greed if it’s going to kill you or ruin other peoples lives?

Like many things in life, greed is a misunderstood concept and sometimes choosing to be greedy (within reason) can be a very good choice. It can be the difference between feeling alive or feeling miserable. It can be the difference between life or death; why do you think human beings have evolved millions and millions of years to run the planet? Because we are greedy by nature.

β€œMan is a goal seeking animal. His life only has meaning if he is reaching out andΒ striving for his goals.”

(Aristotle, Ancient Greek Philosopher)

Well said. If Aristotle was alive right now, I’d so be stalking him on Twitter. Since the dawn of man we have embraced being greedy and the fact that we constantly want more in order to survive. You wouldn’t be sitting here now if your ancestors weren’t so greedy. Imagine that: “I could go and kill a Woolly Mammoth or invent the wheel so our family can live and breed, darling – but I don’t want to be greedy now!”

Why do you think so many people are miserable and disillusioned with life? I believe it’s because we have all of that good kind of greed in our DNA but we also have the guilt that goes along with it. Do you know what I mean? I’m a perfect example of why my internal greed can conflict with outer guilt. I was born in England, one of the most developed countries in the whole entire world with a free health-care system. Speaking of health-that’s always been fantastic too; so far so so so good.Β What more could I want?

There’s probably a lad in Zimbabwe the same age as me, who would swim through an ocean of crap to be in my position. How can I justify wanting more when I’ve been so lucky in comparison? It’s questions like this either inside our head or from external sources that have the ability to make us feel guilty. So here’s what you do: Recognise that you have been lucky so far and that you have been dealt a good hand. Choose to be grateful but also choose to be greedy. It’s you prerogative as a human being. Why not counter-act the two? Use your greed and strive to live a better, prosperous and fruitful life while helping others who have not been as lucky as you? It’s very possible, your limits exist only in your confused, greedy mind πŸ˜‰

At the end of the day, there will always be somebody who disagrees with what you do. You can’t please everyone and you really shouldn’t try.

The definition of ‘greed’ is; ‘an excessive desire to acquire or possess more than what one needs.’ Only YOU should get to choose what you need in life, but as long as it’s ethical-what’s the problem?Β We serve this world no purpose being a shrinking violet and we should never ignore or repress our innate desire to go for more. You can’t get what you want without being a little greedy.

So throw off the shackles of guilt.

Choose to strive when you feel stagnant.

Choose to go for the jugular when you’re antsy.

And when you’re not where you want to be in life; choose to be greedy.

Edit: I wrote this a long time ago, well before I left. I don’t agree with a hefty chunk of the article now, but I left it up to show where I was at this point in my life. πŸ™‚


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22 comments

  1. Sarah Reply

    Oh, I would so be a football stabber. Also someone who surveys the world with my nose peering around the net curtain.

    I think there need to be several definitions of greed. It’s probably very subejctive, but it seems you can have the kind which fosters ambitions, pushing you to want to achieve ever-more. Or you can have the kind which prompts needless consuming of clothes/food/televisions in a bid to validate your existence.

    I personally don’t think English culture is great at encouraging us to strive for more. Whereas US culture is based on rags-to-riches stories, we’re more encouraged to ‘make-do’, Brits, in general, seem to not want to make too many waves or draw attention to ourselves.

    But I agree entirely, we have to push the boundaries of comfort and expectation to further ourselves as a species. Otherwise, what’s the point in all this?

    1. Anthony Reply

      hahaha. I think I’d be one of these old men who drink in working mens clubs and scorn on young lads dreams because I don’t want them having a better life than mine ever was.

      Yes I was quite brave/reckless attempting to define greed in the way I was trying to. You make a good point about consumerism. Wanting 5 TV’s in one house wouldn’t raise an eyelid, but desperately seeking a better life abroad and wanting to leave your job makes some people think you’re a loonie.

      So so so true about the US/UK thing, couldn’t agree anymore. Well I think that’s what we are here for but I don’t look down upon people who are happy with the simple life-I usually find it’s the other way round!

  2. Natalie Reply

    I agree with Sarah. The English culture is not encouraging at all even though they think they are. We constantly get told to do something with our life and then when we try there is some one at every turn ready to stick the knife in.

    I don’t think English people are good at pushing the boundaries either, they like to play it safe. So what if it goes a*** over tit???? You pick yourself up and start again. Odds are that soon, one venture will not go a**** over tit and will hugely benefit your lifestyle and shape you as a person.

    Great Post Anthony and off to read your interviews. BTW – Got your message on Twitter. Thanks for letting me know.

    1. Anthony Reply

      Thank you, Nat πŸ™‚

      I do honestly believe that English culture plays a part in the guilt of wanting more, and it’s interesting to here a fellow Brit who has travelled as much as you confirm it.

      Don’t worry about saying “arse” on my blog, I swear quite a lot in my passionate posts πŸ˜›

  3. Patricia | Monthly Adventure Reply

    Hahaha…I definitely wasn’t expecting to see my name associated with the word greed, but when you put it that way…I am, without a doubt, shamelessly, deliciously, despicably GREEDY!! πŸ˜€

    And why not?

    Makes my life WAY more interesting…way more delicious…way more pleasurable.

    Definitely a life worth living.

    Anthony – thank you for including me in such a great story…I’m honoured.

    By the way, the image of the mountains – that looks like the Canada I know and love…either the coastal mountain range where I currently exist…or the Rocky Mtn Range. Am I wrong?

    1. Anthony Reply

      Haha delicious-what an excellent word to describe such a situation. No worries for the mention, Patricia.

      I am sorry to burst your Canadian bubble, but that picture is in fact-New Zealand!

      1. Patricia | Monthly Adventure Reply

        No bubble bursted here…New Zealand and British Columbia are renowned for being similar. That picture could have been taken here! πŸ™‚

  4. Alouise Reply

    Mr. Burn’s from The Simpsons pops into my head when I picture greedy. There’s a huge difference in being ruthlessly greedy, and being greedy in the sense where you have goals and want to achieve them. I’m glad you brought up the guilt factor. I’m grateful for the opportunities and chances I’ve been given. But I certainly don’t want to waste this opportunity by feeling guilty for having it, and staying at home my whole life.

    1. Anthony Reply

      It’s interesting to hear you empathise with the guilt factor because I was wondering if it was just a British thing! Yes that was definitely what I was wanting to put across; that kind of greed is not a bad thing and I think you shouldn’t fight it.

      1. Alouise Reply

        No the guilt factor definitely isn’t just a British thing – although I’m Canadian and we have strong ties to Britain. But I think guilt is common in a lot of cultures, or at least with my family.

  5. Bluegreen Kirk Reply

    There is nothing wrong with being greedy if you are greedy for goals and helping. The problem with most people is the greed tend to lead to them hurting others to get what they want. People never seem to be happy when you are doing things they wish they could do.

    1. Anthony Reply

      I couldn’t agree anymore πŸ™‚ Thanks for posting

  6. A. Tatum Jr Reply

    Nice twist. I do believe if you put greed in its proper prospective that you can achieve a nice balance. They say more money more problems. I wouldn’t having a few of those types of problems. You just can’t lose site on what’s really important.

    1. Anthony Reply

      Hmmm more money more problems. I’m not sure the logic behind that because most peoples problems stem from lack of money! Money is important but I want to be rich in all areas of my life, because I’m greedy πŸ™‚ Thanks for sharing!

      1. A. Tatum Jr Reply

        Think about the people that win the lotto. All of a sudden every cousin and high school friend is coming to you with there hand out. No one bothers you win you don’t have anything, but as soon as you get something they expect the world from you. No more under the radar. More money, more problems.

        1. Anthony Reply

          Yes but the same people could have problems before they win the lotto such as their tyre flattens on their way to work. They never budgeted for a new tyre or mechanic work etc so alas, they have a problem. I could give many more examples like this how lack of money could cause problems and it’d all be from personal experience.

          I’d give to every cousin and friend I felt worthy of money and wouldn’t feel pressured to give out to anyone who didn’t deserve it. Wouldn’t be a problem to me.

  7. johnny Reply

    anth mate, this is a great article – loving the vibe, do what we want/need/strive to do and don’t look back, couldn’t agree more! good work!

    1. Anthony Reply

      Hey Johnny, cheers mate! Well if I didn’t embrace my greed I’d just stay in this job and feel miserable for a large portion of my life-no thanks. I have just seen over at ‘Pommie travels’ that you just reached a goal yourself,well done mate.

  8. Rob Bloggeries Reply

    Greed is great, it pushes good to be great.

    The sad part is, it’s a double edged sword.

    The blade that can cut you free is also the one that can impale you or slit your throat.

    1. Anthony Reply

      Hey Rob,
      How profound. Yes there certainly is two sides to greed, I think if you have bad intentions attached to greed-that’s where the ugly side rears its head.

      I really like your metaphor!

  9. Tho Huynh Reply

    There’s no bad with greed when you use it as your motivation to reach your goals. I admit that I am greedy too. When I made my first payment from the web, I thought that “Hey, I will work harder and become a millionaire in the future”. I keep dreaming of being rich eventually and try to work harder for reaching my goals. In fact, greed is the main factor that push me to work.

    But Be aware of greed. It can turn you to a quite different person and blow your friends away.

    1. Anthony Reply

      Hey Tho,
      See I don’t see anything wrong in that attitude at all. From my eyes, you worked hard at something and when you got what you wanted…you wanted more. That’s evolution from within and I think it’s not just healthy, but necessary. Why should we stop striving because we’re no longer at school?

      Thanks for the warning. I like the theory “money makes you more of what you already are.” Also, friends who don’t like to strive can be just plain jealous because they don’t have any fight. Cheers your comment πŸ™‚