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The Root of All Evils…

Mahatma Gandhi rightfully said “Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s need, but not every man’s greed”. Greed is a quality of an individual that makes him/her take more than what they need. Greed is the source of selfishness, anger, hatred, jealousy and many other things. It is one of the major causes of suffering in our world. What is the cause of greed? That’s simple. It’s desire. Don’t get me wrong, it is all but natural for us to desire for things. It is excessive desire that causes greed to develop within us. Our insatiable nature is what leads to our downfall. When we get what we desire, we get a form of pleasure. This pleasure is what makes us desire for more! It’s like a never ending cycle. Also, another factor that makes us greedy is the belief that other people should not have more than us. Thus, we keep craving for more until we get more than the other person. The idea of “He might get it before I do” keeps playing in our head. Once we give ourselves to money or power, there is no turning back. It is like tasting a small piece of delicious cake and not asking for more. That is extremely difficult, if not impossible. Greed on a large scale can prove to be devastating. Look around you and the evidence will hit you in face. What do you think causes wars? What do you think causes these scams that we see popping out so often? What do you think causes corruption? Isn’t it the need to have more than you require? Why do you think wars are fought? Isn’t it obvious that they are fought for more land and resources? And the recent scams, why do you think they happen? Aren’t the people involved trying to make more money at the expense of others? It is quite evident; the need for more is the root cause of all the problems around us.

It is an indisputable fact that greed can and does destroy us. So has all hope been lost? I don’t think so. Greed can be curbed. Although it can be difficult, it isn’t impossible. There are various ways to restrain ourselves from giving into greed. One of the most important methods is instilling the value of prioritization amongst us. It is impossible to have everything in life, then why aimlessly and greedily try to obtain it? We must learn to focus and prioritize what is a need and what is not. Instead of cribbing over things we don’t have, we should learn to be satisfied with the things we do have. More than that, we must also learn to give. Generosity is what the world needs. It is rightly said, it is more blessed to give than to receive.


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