mocktwinkie saidI'm so tired of people throwing around the word "greed". What is greed? Having more than you need? Do you really need that computer you're sitting in front of so you can argue that people shouldn't have things they don't need?
Is wanting a bigger house greed? What size is "okay" according to the greedometer?? How about someone who drives an Aveo wanting a Camry, is that greed?
The American dream RUNS on greed, and as long as someone isn't breaking the law and hurting someone else to make their fortunes, it's a great thing, but unfortunately some people are just too stupid to grasp basic concepts.
"Greed is an excessive desire to possess wealth or goods with the intention to keep it for yourself." So that's the definition.
And America does not "run on greed". There is a difference between wanting what is commonly understood as a comfortable existence (your necessities and a portion more for niceties), and needing a 17 acre estate and 6 private jets. Even that, I wouldn't begrudge those who wish to pursue that, but they can do so while paying back their fair share to the government and community that makes their wealth possible.
But if you achieve wealth, you can either be thankful for it and give back to your community through taxes and philanthropy, which would not be greed, or you can scream and cry and threaten to move your jobs to China, which would be greed.
Frankly, I watch House Hunters (boyfriend's influence) and I see single people who want a 5 bedroom, 4 bathroom house. For what? Why in God's name would anyone want to clean four bathrooms!
THAT, is a distortion of the American Dream, which is really about doing well (financially) but also about doing good (morally/ethically).
A single person does not need a 5 bedroom, 4 bathroom hat. In fact, a family of six doesn't need a 5 bedroom, 4 bathroom house.
So what drives that? Marketing and constant advertising and (you'll love this) the constant pushing of that very same distortion of the American Dream by corporations
that make money off the relentless pursuit of wealth and excess by the majority of Americans who have put themselves into enormous debt in trying to achieve it.