If you’ve seen the movie Wall Street, you might recognize the title of this post. The main point of the statement being that greed causes people to want more, spend more and therefore keep the capitalistic economy going (I actually believe that inefficiency and waste are key contributors to the economy, but that’s for another post).
What I wonder is whether greed is inevitable. You know how it’s sometimes said that humans are never satisfied? When the weather is hot we clamor for cooler weather. When the weather is cold too, we swear that we’d rather live in sweltering heat than in the freezing cold. Is it fighting human nature when one attempts to be content with what one has?
I remember when I was in secondary school and the first couple of years of college. I was convinced that if I got a job that paid $1000 a month, I would be completely satisfied. All my basic needs would be met and I’d have more that enough to spare. I wondered how come people struggle to live since it required so little to be comfortable (at least in my mind).
Obviously this was at a time when I was not thinking about marriage or children. $1000 a month is great if you plan to live out your life alone. When you decide to have children however, expenses escalate. Feeding, Medicine and Education. Those three are enough to get any parent wanting more and more. And we haven’t even spoken about toys or vacations or other forms of entertainment.
I bring this up because I recently got offered a job that paid about $1000 and contrary to my earlier years, all I could think about was how it was not enough. And I’m not married yet. Neither do I have children. Made me wonder: am I greedy or am I just being human? Always asking for more (who do I cite, Oliver Twist or Pepsi).
At this point in time, I have a figure in my head that I think I’ll be content when I reach (see I Want To Be Rich). But perhaps I’m kidding myself. Maybe I’m hardwired to be greedy and when I get there I’ll consider that figure inadequate.