Need and Greed.
Posted February 5, 2011on:
I called the disease we Americans have Affuenza. Just too much of everything which only gives us an unquenchable need for more and more. It is not only our governments that have spent us to near bankruptcy it is us who have maxed out several credit cards and still we line up outside stores at midnight in order to get the first of the newest gadgets. And as for the government, we who are infected with this greedy disease are the ones who have elected the people who make the choices as to how to spend our tax dollars for us. In the end we have only to look in the mirror to find the infected one. BB
Thought you might find food for thought from the following:
Posted: 04 Feb 2011 10:08 PM PST
*Behind all the complexities of modern political economy
lies the simple fact that human beings are, speaking generally, of two persuasions:
the first would spend tomorrow what they earn today;
the second would spend today what they hope to earn tomorrow.
From this rudimentary biological fact arise all conflicts that lead to economic crises:
to panics, depressions, violent and revolutionary transfers of wealth,
and perhaps most wars.
Freeman Tilden, ‘A World in Debt’ – 1935
*Often people attempt to live their lives backwards;
they try to have more things, or more money,
in order to do more of what they want, so they will be happier.
The way it actually works is the reverse.
You must first be who you really are, then do what you need to do,
in order to have what you want.
*Very little is needed to make a happy life.
Marcus Aurelius Antoninus (121 AD – 180 AD), Meditations
*One of the weaknesses of our age
is our apparent inability to distinguish our need from our greed.
*We succeed only as we identify in life, or in war, or in anything else,
a single overriding objective,
and make all other considerations bend to that one objective.
Dwight D. Eisenhower
*I’ve got all the money I’ll ever need if I die by four o’clock.