“Wealth is not about having a lot of money; it’s about having a lot of options.”-Chris Rock
Managing money often results in behaviours that might be regarded as greed or human competitiveness . Some folks feel an adrenaline rush at the prospect of making unexpected money. Creating wealth is often perceived to be a vehicle to a better quality of life or standard of living but can also awaken greed, which we began discussing in last week’s post.
Our investing brains come equipped with a biological mechanism that is more aroused when we anticipate a profit than when we actually get one.Your MOney and Your Brain ~Jason Zweig
Human nature has evolved over millenia in competition with others. Within isolated island smaller tribal communities appear to live in relative harmony, perhaps even without competition or strong desires. With the introduction of external influences, comes desire, competition and inevitably conflict.
The potential of gaining or losing something of value – greed – this culminates in a selfish desire for something. Who of us can free ourselves totally from the desire for a better life?
Better an empty purse than wrongly got money
(Betre tom pung enn rangt skaffa pengar)Swedish Proverb
Greed is often characterised by a weak capacity for independent judgment with a strong appetite for measuring up against one’s peers.
The pride of dying rich raises the loudest laugh in hell– John W. Foster
So is competition and desire a unavoidable part of human existence at some point?
Is greed wrapped up in maintaining our reputation? Is it based on our social status or our perceived performance amongst peers?
What do you think of the quotes and sayings here.
Everyone’s opinion is important. What is yours?
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*Several years ago, I created ‘Proverbial Friday’ on my blog which has now morphed into Sunday Sayings. I became fascinated with traditional proverbs and sayings, their metaphorical layers and the many different interpretations found within just a few, succinct words. I marveled at their ability to transcend race, religion, opinions and age.