At 11/18/12 12:33 AM, LemonCrush wrote:
At 11/17/12 10:46 PM, leanlifter1 wrote:
Overzealous greed is a different thing than success. I find it sad how many people think they are one and the same.1) Greed quit literally runs the world and always has. If not for greed, we would not have air travel. We would not have cars. No cell phones, no facebook, no internet, no computers. No grocery stores, no gas stations, hell you might not even be born. Greed is good
Actually that's probably somewhat of a misconception.
When left to their own devices, people are extremely creative and WANT to make things sometimes for popularity, curiosity or simple pleasure.
Many scientific advances have happened through a private citizen's ingenuity.
There was also a study done in which they tried to motivate people to come up with solutions to problems using money vs no money. People did worse when there was a direct financial incentive for them to solve a problem.
Excess greed is bad. It has no foresight. A greedy human will seek to get everything he can from something in as short a time as possible and this leads to fast depletion of resource, whatever that resource may be. Sometimes when people get TOO greedy they also take excess risk and just crash and burn.
Some greed and drive are good and necessary but it's not true that the world really runs on greed. If you asked more people what's important to them, I doubt they'd say "I MUST ACQUIRE ALL. ALL MUST BE MINE! FOR ALL TIME!'.
Other forces such as acceptance, security, comfort, irrationality and self-fulfillment play a very large role in deciding how people will run their lives and what they will be willing to sacrifice to have XYZ thing.
Greedy people do mostly run the world but we don't have to sit here and glorify their excess. If you're rich and you've made it, congratulations, but none of us have to sit here while you stockpile money and goods and give nothing back to the society that has elevated you. You're still part of us, if we say you owe us, you do. If you don't like it then feel free to give back your riches and start over somewhere else.
Boycotts are great but in the short term they only hurt the little guys the most. Still, the message would be sent and other companies would take heed. Unfortunately, the ownder of Papa John's will never have to answer for his doucheness because he's a mega millionaire and he's set for all eternity. Oh well.