• Avarice

  • Unknown User

    April 27, 2021 at 23:13

    Avarice has a strong biological premise, however, it has an even stronger social premise. No matter how much it is condemned, people are greedy, we want more than we have, the more the better. Humans are social and cultural animals, not just individuals. So greed has consequences far beyond the individual. The desire for wealth is especially apparent in those cultures descended from or adhering to the Western European tradition of “progress” and “growth”, a legacy of the eras of scientific discovery and world exploration. The former led people to believe that they could know everything, the latter increased what they knew and opened the world to trade. The ancient proscriptions were to avoid societal conflicts. The proscriptions were also often easy to follow when people were nomadic. They had to carry everything they owned around with them, and thus there was little desire to accumulate things that would simply increase the burden. All that being said, what has happened? Why is society comfortable with greed and consumption as an identity, something to attain?

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