Originally posted by OptimusSubprime
reply to post by EnochWasRight
Selfishness aka greed aka acting in your own self interest is good. It stops being good when a person gets to a point in life where the result of
their past selfishness can lift another person up, but they choose to seek more for themselves instead. Selfishness is what builds a strong and
prosperous economy. Do you think that a multimilliomaire CEO employs people solely because he cares about them? Of course not. He employs them
because he wants to increase the bottom line and expand his bank account, but in doing so he helps those that he employs to do the same, at least in
most circumstances. That is selfishness. Without selfishness there would't be anything to give to those less fortunate. Selfishness can and should
result in selflessness.
edit on 23-4-2012 by OptimusSubprime because: (no reason given)
You are possibly seeing the same thing that Aristotle realized. There is a golden mean between excess and scarcity with anything. The problem with
taking this concept into the realm of virtue is this: There are absolutes when it comes to law and truth. I use the simple example of giving and
taking to get at the root. Any good you see come out of greed is a byproduct of working toward a reward. It's not the result of greed. It's the
result of coming from giving.
If you take a reward (smoking for instance), a debt is created. In the simple example of smoking, the debt is in the lungs and with the cancer that
develops. The simple way to flip this is to give. If taking reward causes suffering, then giving suffering forward in the form of effort and work
reverses the direction. Suffering always produces reward. True and lasting reward can only be earned. Suffer a job and get a paycheck. Find a job
you enjoy, but you will still be required to give at a high level to reap the reward of your labor. Labor is the key. A Gardner must suffer the
We can never say that greed caused the result of the law above. What little scraps fall off the table of the rich is the reward of labor extending to
others. This is true, but the cause of the result was not the greed. The law of God is the cause.