Let’s face it, how many of us go out and buy the latest expensive gadget even if it means squeezing this month’s budget? Not surprisingly, it’s the majority of us be it for our own pleasure or succumbing to our children’s demands to not be outdone by their friends.
The dictionaries definition of greed is “an intense and selfish desire for something, especially wealth, power and possessions” Putting aside possessions until later we come to in my opinion, the two main perpetrators, wealth and power.
Attacking on two fronts, firstly with power which encompasses a multitude of meanings but for my arguments sake I’m referring to the political, social and organizational authority of control and our insatiable need for Oil & Gas, secondly with our need for the accumulation of monetary wealth.
Take any government on economic policies and what do we have; growth, whilst this is sensible in the sense of progression the need for it is helping to create a world where gradual and sustainable growth practically no longer exists.
Society as a whole revolves around the need for growth and the accumulation of possessions and wealth which is not helped with the control over our own thought processes of what we actually need, but by what we think we need. The big brands of the world don’t actually care about you, all they want is your money to make you poorer and unhealthier and them, well far richer and far more powerful.
Oil and gas is finite, it will run out and it will run out far sooner for some of us than we actually care to think. When this happens what reserves are left WILL be fought over across the globe.
As a generation on the cusp of many great discoveries, why as the dominant species are we not joining forces to make the greatest discovery of all time for the benefit of all mankind, present and future?
Who are the victims? Well, they are our children. Those born today will be left the destructive legacy of our insatiable greed, that will eventually lead to the planet no longer being able to sustain the billions that we currently have, let alone the billions more in 40-50 years time.