The world has enough for everyone’s need, but not enough for everyone’s greed.
– Mahatma Gandhi
I think this is the perfect quote to describe the American mindset today. The way you take it just depends on whether you are on the need side or the greed side.
To need is to require (something) because it is essential or very important.
If you have ever been without [and yes, I do mean by first world standards], you know what it is to need. There have been times when I wondered how I would feed my children, or provide necessary medication. There were times when I had to choose which bill to pay. I have never truly suffered because I have always found a way, but I have felt how very close I was to the point of extreme need.
I no longer live paycheck to paycheck, but I am not all that far removed from that place.
Greed is defined as an intense and selfish desire for something, especially wealth, power, or food. To further clarify, selfish is defined as devoted to or caring only for oneself; concerned primarily with one’s own interests, benefits, welfare, etc., regardless of others.
So greed is an intense desire for something that is based only on one’s own interests.
Are you greedy if you ‘need’ your morning coffee? Are you greedy if you have a vacation home? Are you greedy if you own 20 pairs of shoes?
I don’t think so. I think it becomes greed when it is no longer about surrounding yourself with things that bring you joy and instead becomes about holding on to what you have…in other words, when it becomes about you against them.
What do you think?