Posted 5 years ago on March 19, 2012, 3:48 p.m. EST by infonomics
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Excerpt from Will Durant's Our Oriental Heritage
Greed, acquisitiveness, dishonesty, cruelty and violence were for so many generations useful to animals and men that not all our laws, our education, our morals and our religions can quite stamp them out; some of them, doubtless, have a certain survival value even today. The animal gorges himself because he does not know when he may find food again; this uncertainty is the origin of greed.
Note that Durant is asserting that greed is a remnant of our animal past.