reply to post by Sly1one
So, your idea of greed, is that only someone with millions of dollars, who can afford multiple material items can be greedy? What about say..the
middle class man with 3 flat screen tvs? he can't be greedy?
You talk about growing your own food...so, maybe this way will get you understand more of what I am saying.
So, great..you grow your own food, and you work really hard at it....farming your land, tilling the ground, planting the seeds, making sure everything
grows just right...right? making sure the food you are growing, has all it needs to be a good crop..right? Now, after all your hard work...you have a
big crop. An "abundance" more than you can eat that year. What do you do with it? Do you eat it all in one sitting?(spending all your money, living
above your means) Do you eat some (spending first)....and then can (save) the rest? (saving second) do you give any of it to those who maybe..even
after their hard work..a flood came and destroyed their crop? (giving the small percentage last?)
Or do you?
Measure it out, decide what percentage you can give away, what percentage you can save? and what you can live off of?
if 98% of that abundance is all for you? then yes..that is greed....remember we're talking about abundance here..and to even understand what I am
saying, you would have to acknowledge that America has abundance. To say we do not..would be huge blindness to facts.
Can you really argue against the fact that most have more than they need...but not enough finances to pay for it? Thats what we are talking about
here. Those, most, who are spending their money foolishly. Can you really say that all...95% of the not millionaires are not spending their money
foolishly? Can you really sit and say...that you yourself do not ever spend your money foolishly? Can you really truthfully say that only millionaires
can be greedy? they just have more money to be greedy with. The middle class man and even the poor man can be greedy...just with less material
Lets get really honest....if you (and by you I mean..anyone...not you specifically, but anyone person, including me) if you lost your job tomorrow,
your source of income...and as a result could not afford your bills..then you are living above your means. Because if you, hell..lets even do away
with the giving part...we'll just throw that out for argument sake...if you, are saving first..and spending last? then there should be the source of
income that you saved, to get you through the hard times. If your spending first and maybe never saving? how can anyone say thats not foolish? How can
anyone person argue against that? But..on top of that..if your one of the ones sitting here...blaming our government for people with no food, no
house, homeless, in poverty..and you want them to do something for those people..but you yourself will not? that is being a hypocrite. That is sitting
there with a log in both your yes..while picking out the sawdust in others. If your sitting there...saying our government is spending foolishly, and
you could do it better..when your own finances are in shambles? That is hypocrisy. If your sitting here whining about what you don't have...but yet,
you have a roof on your head, and food on your table? yes...that is greed and entitlement. And facts are facts...we can expect better from someone
else....if we don't expect it in ourselves first.
I am not advocating for our government or its ways at all. What I am saying is if we are going to make changes, see changes, and vote in changes? then
our way of thinking, our way of how we have been living needs to change first.
edit on 22-8-2011 by Nkinga because: (no reason given)