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“As addicts progress (or rather, regress) into their addiction, to derive sufficient gratification they must constantly seek more and more of their drug of choice. For “more” is the keyword of addiction. It doesn’t matter whether they’re addicted to a substance, relationship, or activity—the “ante” for getting enough of the object of their craving must continually be raised.”
“But of all the things one might be addicted to, nothing tops the greed-laden pursuit of wealth in its audacity, manipulativeness, and gross insensitivity to the needs and feelings of others. Not to mention its extreme, short-sighted, irresponsible covetousness. Ask a multi-millionaire or billionaire so afflicted (if you can find one willing to talk to you!), and you’ll discover that their “mega-fortune quest” really has no end point. They won’t be able to name the definitive “millionth” or “billionth” that, finally, will do it for them. They can’t because the means by which they reap their riches has itself become the end.”
It’s been said that “you never get enough of what you don’t really want.” With people addicted to pursuing wealth, their overwhelming, insatiable passion isn’t about getting rich—but richer...and still richer.
And it’s unquestionable that this is not a virtuous cycle but a markedly vicious one. Ultimately, their heart’s desire—tragically unknown to them—isn’t for wealth at all, but for love, emotional intimacy, unconditional acceptance (and self-acceptance), and “rich,” satisfying relationships. Regardless of how obscenely wealthy they may become, these are all things that, alas, cannot be purchased with money.
The final debacle of their pursuit isn’t simply that their monetary accomplishments can’t ever bring them the lasting happiness and peace of mind they secretly crave. It’s that their futile quest generally causes all sorts of misfortune to others...As well as to our environment (which they blithely ignore), and to our nation—whose misregulated capitalistic system regrettably supports their ceaseless avaricious ventures.
Originally posted by Springheel Jack
Hi Op, good topic.
It is true that anything can become an addiction.
And I just wanted to clarify, because I used to say the same as your title...Money is not the root of all evil, instead it's the Love of money that is the root of all evil...
So like what do some people worship in a sense?
Money...they love it.... Some people...sex....others....alcohol...cars...bike riding...golf...fishing...killing...see where I'm going with this? We all have something that we love more than anything.
What do you love?
Originally posted by AaronWilson
Absolutely we are addicted to stuff. Money is just the way to "shoot up" though. Its the vehicle for our addiction to Money was a control scheme, now its an addiction, and with each financial crisis, we come closer and closer to rock bottom. Rock bottom being a global financial collapse.