Greed is an instinct. There's nothing sinful or wrong about having it, as long as you keep it.
We all know of the comming winter. We store more than we know we need, because we know we may miscalculate and need more. We use our instinct and knowledge to survive. Seems like it's worked out pretty well.
It's worked well for us because it's always been our greed, our very own. It's the greed that we wake up with and have to sleep with. It being our greed we temper it and contain it so that we do not become it.
Our greed mingles with our neigbors greed, sometimes it fights, sometimes it bends. It has costs and benefits but it is always checked.
When greed has a master, it can be put to work so that we provide the best for our own. When greed has a master, its master is held to account when greed takes too much at the expense of others. In this balance, greed works. Greed for life denies nature our annihilation.
When greed is outsourced, that is when it becomes an evil.
A publicly traded stock share becomes a free particle of greed. This particle obeys the physics of greed.
Of course certain shareholders can vote on certain things, so the greed is supposedly still attached to an individual will, but that's a bunch of crap and everyone knows it.
Shareholders cannot truly be held to account for the actions of their company, all they can do is loose value in their stock.
The stock market was created to give people a chance to invest in companies they believed in, and to grow the value of their investments. It extended these chances to a new class of investors, people that cannot afford to bankroll a company alone or in small groups. The stock market is the democratic excersise of greed.
Sounds great at first. The problem is that once you seperate your greed from your control, it can just as easily rob you of the value you sought to extract from it.
Shares of greed don't know what is valuable to the shareholder, so they exctract value at any cost, not knowing that some value is intangible.
We're becoming shareholders in our own destruction.
A private business owner must answer to their community, though a corporation may freely antagonize the very community of those who hold shares in it. Of course even private business owners can commit the most horrible of atrocities, and some always will- but they will have names, they are people. At least there's a chance they'll have a soul, at least more chance than a board.
So what are we supposed to do? We can't put our money in a mattress and expect to retire on it. No we can't. But why not? Why do we need all that money for retirement anyway?
We need it because we know no one else will provide our food, shelter, and medicine when we're too old or weak to earn it.
We know this because we do not provide food, shelter and medicine for the old and weak around us. So why should be expect to be provided for? So we must accumulate enough wealth so that we do not need charity or pity or mercy, we can pay up-front.
The only way we could feel secure that we would be provided for is if were so offended by human suffering that we would show it compassion wherever we found it. We're not that offended, so we don't show it compassion, so we're secure that no one will be offended by our suffering. So the only assurance is large piles of wealth and ownership.
So to attain wealth and ownership we invest. We could invest in those around us, our friends, family, our community, our planet. But it's much simpler to invest in the stock market.
So we but stocks, and in doing so we outsource our greed and create free particles of greed.
The particles aggregate into Golems of greed, no master to control them or to be held to account for their atrocities. We let our collective greed become our master.
So the greed that once fueled our survival in the face of a relentless and all-powerful nature, has now become a force of nature.
We can blame greed without greed even having a face. We can't see the greed in the mirror so we can pretend it's not ours and we are not responsible.
Greed has become an act of god. Our once powerful instinct of self-preservation now has it's own will to survive, even at our expense.
So, check your portfolio. Think about all those particles zipping around the world- interacting and cooperating with the greed of people you think are evil. Those are your particles, and they're working hard for you, but they don't know who you are, so how do you know their not working just as hard against you.