Choose to be Greedy
Oh. My. God-he didn’t just say them words-did he!?
He did, he really did. He needs to be stopped before he goes too far.
Call the ummm…internet police or something. “Choose to be greedy?!” Who the hell does he think he is?
I’m going to stop following the bastard on Twitter.
I’m sending him hate mail on Twitter.
I’m burning effigies of him on Youtube.
Well I’m definitely not poking the shit-head on Facebook any more, that’s for sure!
Greetings! This week I was very happy and honoured to be mentioned on two blogs that I blooming love reading! Lovely fellow native (although she is a Southerner ) Sarah Robertson is doing a series of interviews for travellers in savings mode and I happily obliged to answer her questions. Click here if you would like to read the interview.
Sarah and her boyfriend, Alan are five weeks away from embarking on a jealousy-inducing trip, leaving London for several months in South-East Asia and several more months in South America. Cool trip huh? Oh no…that’s not the end of it. These two are HUNGRY FOR MORE and are finishing off their adventure in…no. I take it back. Their adventure will not be ending, it will be ongoing. After the jaunt around the two continents they have booked a one-way ticket to the beautiful country of New Zealand! Greedy girl! I’m itching to read about their trip and it will also keep me selfishly informed because these are places I strongly desire to go to.
Thai food, Tango and tantalising countryside. Yes please!
Head over the water to the land of mounties and ice hockey and you’ll find the delightful Canadian, Patricia Taylor. Patricia gave me a shout out in her recent post about the struggle of belief and you can click here if you would like to read it.
Patricia decided that “enough was enough” after working soul-destroying 16 hours a day, every day and is now completely self-sufficient and free from the constraints of a boss. But of course, this didn’t happen over night. She got greedy and decided there was more to life than the one she had found herself living. After breaking free from her job, self-sufficiency was not enough for this lass-oh no! Escaping her miserable job was just the start of her greed and she now devotes to having an adventure every single month and writes about them to inspire others. Constantly striving, wanting, learning, growing and desiring. She’s a greedy lass too. Despicable.
But greed is always a bad thing, right?
*Holds head in hands and shakes head.*
As soon as you hear the word ‘greed’, what do you think of? Personally I think of a morbidly overweight person continuing to over-eat and kill themselves, or an evil billionaire screwing over poor people for more pennies with an evil cackle. Something along them lines. I am definitely not an advocate of obesity nor am I a fan of unethical money-making. What’s the point of greed if it’s going to kill you or ruin other peoples lives? I went to a Catholic school and am very aware that it is seen as one of the “seven deadly sins” by Christians.
Like many things in life, greed is a misunderstood concept and sometimes choosing to be greedy (within reason) can be a very good choice. It can be the difference between feeling alive or feeling miserable. It can be the difference between life or death; why do you think human beings have evolved millions and millions of years to run the planet? Because we are greedy by nature.
“Man is a goal seeking animal. His life only has meaning if he is reaching out and striving for his goals.”
(Aristotle, Ancient Greek Philosopher)
Well said. If Aristotle was alive right now, I’d so be stalking him on Twitter. Since the dawn of man we have been genetically modified to be greedy and to constantly want more in order to survive. You wouldn’t be sitting here now if your ancestors weren’t so greedy. Imagine that: “I could go and kill a Woolly Mammoth or invent the wheel so our family can live and breed, darling-but I don’t want to be greedy now!”
Why do you think so many people are miserable and disillusioned with life? I believe it’s because we have all of that good kind of greed in our DNA but we also have the guilt that goes along with it. Do you know what I mean? I’m a perfect example of why my internal greed can conflict with outer guilt. I was born in England, one of the most developed countries in the whole entire world with a free health-care system. Speaking of health-that’s always been fantastic too; so far so so so good. I was raised by two great women who have loved me and supported me all throughout my life. (No my mother’s not a lesbian, the other one was my Gran!) I have a job and as of recently-no debt. What more could I want?
There’s probably a lad in Zimbabwe the same age as me, who would swim through an ocean of crap to be in my position. How can I justify wanting more when I’ve been so lucky in comparison? It’s questions like this either inside our head or from external sources that have the ability to make us feel guilty. So here’s what you do: Recognise that you have been lucky so far and that you have been dealt a good hand. Choose to be grateful but also choose to be greedy. It’s you prerogative as a human being. Why not counter-act the two? Use your greed and strive to live a better, prosperous and fruitful life while helping others who have not been as lucky as you? It’s very possible, your limits exist only in your confused, greedy mind
At the end of the day, there will always be somebody who disagrees with what you do. You can’t please everyone and you really shouldn’t try.
What if people like Sarah and Patricia didn’t allow themselves to be a little greedy? What if Patricia carried on with the 16 hours a day grind? Surely it’d have an affect on her sanity and life expectancy! Sarah would be miserable in London, watching life pass her by with an unnerving sense of not being true to herself. She’d probably be one of these bitter old people who stabs footballs when it lands in their garden or something like that, nobody likes a football stabber.
The definition of ‘greed’ is; ‘an excessive desire to acquire or possess more than what one needs.’ Only YOU should get to choose what you need in life, but as long as it’s ethical-what’s the problem? We serve this world no purpose being a shrinking violet and we should never ignore or repress our innate desire to go for more. You can’t get what you want without being a little greedy.
So throw off the shackles of guilt.
Choose to strive when you feel stagnant.
Choose to go for the jugular when you’re antsy.
And when you’re not where you want to be in life; choose to be greedy.
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