I grew up in what can be called a “normal” family. We didn’t have much but life was decent. There was food on the table, clothes and shoes is necessary and the yearly vacation for which my parents would save up months in advance. Overall I can say we were quite happy and I for one had everything I needed.
Along the years I tried to form my own idea of what life should be like: a roof over my head is a must, then comes food and other basic needs people can’t live without. Basicaly I agree with Maslow, he pretty much thought of everything.
Well, here I am all grown up and my needs haven’t changed one bit so how come there’s all this greed in the world?
In my opinion, wanting more is OK. It means one has ambitions. It means one is not lazy. What it doesn’t mean is one has to trample all over others.
The last few years I had the “pleasure” to meet such people and they all managed to make me lose faith in humanity. Well, almost but I still assume the worst in someone before seing the good. Oh, and there is no pattern. Either rich or poor, some people are just greedy!
I bought a car last year. It’s a used car since money is tight.
The man who sold it decided on a price and it seemed more than reasonable.
The car works just fine and I still love it BUT there was something fishy about the sale as I thought it was kind of cheap.
I tested it and retested it, everything seemed in order so I wasted no more time and bought it.
I was so proud I had my first car and can finally stop carpooling to work I didn’t think anything bad could happen. I would never in my life thought that the night before you make the sale one can: take out the safety car kit, fire extinguisher, the reflective vest and everything else that should be in the car at all times and … the tires were replaced with smaller ones.
This is where greed got. All of the things that should have been in the trunk because the law says are not worth a fortune but still, those few bucks seemed to be of great importance so I had to buy everything myself afterwards.
The tire switching though was a dangerous move. Lucky for me I drove a car before and I knew something was wrong, a car shouldn’t wiggle that much.
There is this misconception that rich people are the greedy ones but I can confirm that’s not true. Everyone can fall in the trap of greed: from utterly poor to filthy rich, from young to old… everyone gets greedy sometimes.
It’s not the “sin” part that bothers me, I never cared about these “rules” anyway. It’s the fact that greed is taken to such a high level the risks are just not worth it. If I was a bad driver, I could have died on the road for a mere 30$ (used tires are not worth more than that). Thank God for good mechanics!