Want Versus Need: Why is Humanity so Greedy?

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Want Versus Need Why is humanity so greedy? The simple answer to that is the fact that we have the desire to provide for our family and ourselves. Greed usually has a bad connotation; it is not always an excessive reaction to an excessive problem. Taflinger says that Greed is necessary in our culture to a certain extent (“The Sociological Basis of Greed” 1). Every person needs some degree of greed to survive (“I Want It, I Want It Now” 1). Once we fulfill our basic needs, we search for a way to fulfill our wants. We have such a surplus of resources that often times our wants get confused as needs. When we can no longer satisfy the burning hunger of our wants, we become more and more greedy. We strive to fill the gaping hole inside us that…show more content…
They flipped a coin and one of the two players in each game was chosen to be richer than the other. That person would receive two times the money, rolled both dice instead of just one, and was given twice the amount of money when they passed “go”. Both players were aware of this rigged game, but were unaware of the hidden camera. The richer person in the game soon began to show signs of celebration and power as the game went on. The richer players wound up being rude and quite insulting towards the other players. At the end of the game, the two players in each match were asked how the game went. The rich players began to explain their strategies and took credit on their success in the game, even though the game had them at an advantage. This study, along with much more research, drew the conclusion that as a person’s wealth goes up their entitlement and self-interest go up along with it and their compassion and empathy plummets down (“The Sociological basis of Greed” 2). It is safe to say that wealth distracts people from what is ethical and what is not. Another study was conducted where hundreds of rich and poor members of the community were given ten dollars each and given the option to keep the money, or share it with a less fortunate stranger whom they never met before. The poor members gave 44% more of their money than the rich members of the community did. This study shows that the wealthier a person becomes the
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