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Forum Post: Greed - A Remnant of Our Animal Past

Posted 2 years ago on March 19, 2012, 3:48 p.m. EST by infonomics (393)
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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.



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[-] 3 points by Puzzlin (2898) 2 years ago

Greed is a natural characteristic of being human which is deeply seated in our mind at birth. Our prime motive, at our core, is to stay alive and that means having everything we believe we need. In the deep recesses of our mind we don't differentiate between enough and everything. Basically this survival instinct over-rides o