There is nothing impossible to him who will try.
-Alexander the great
WHAT IS GREED?
Greed has always been an innate characteristic of man. It might be argued that greed destroys. One look at Alexandria the great and The Roman Empire may satisfy your curiosity about this sentiment.
I would like to start this one by saying GREED IS GOOD.
Human beings have a potential for both right and wrong, for good and for evil. We also have a potential for overplaying some features or concept, making them bad or evil in their own right. These concepts or ideas may not be bad or evil necessarily. For us human beings everything and I mean everything; everything and anything can cause an altercation. So it is no surprise that greed which is the main focus of this article has a nasty reputation. It has started many things which might really be considered as bad. For one, history has recorded many wars that were caused by greed masked mostly as patriotism.
Greed is the intense and selfish desire for something it can also said to be the insatiable longing for excess wealth, status and power.
One thing that is for sure is that everyone in the world has this character. It isn’t latent neither is it hidden, it has been ingrained in us right from time. When we were but little children, our parents told us to aim high; Reach for the moon”. We were encouraged to do our best and strive to be the best, we were told this and other things that fell in line with this.
We were encouraged to have good grades if not the best. Though it isnt bad to be the best at what we do. There is nothing wrong about the pursuit of achieving all you can, but just like how love can breed hate, pain breeds fear, anger gives birth to wickedness. Motivation can also breed aspiration and aspiration, greed.
Take Ancient Rome for instance
Rome was once a great empire covering the greater part of Europe for over 1000 years. Rome at its peak spanned across the coastline of the Mediterranean Sea, this included Spain, Italy, France, Turkey, and northern Africa. The saying Rome wasnt built in a day is quite true; they kept on conquering and acquiring land, increasing their ever growing empire. They were never satisfied with the status quo; they strived to be the best at what they did.
Around 200AD, things started going sideways for the empire; the critical and inner workings of the Roman Empire began to fall apart. The empire struggled under the weight of its size in 400 AD; it later fell in 476 AD
GREED AND ASPIRATION
Take the story of Alexandra the great
Alexander III of Macedon, who later came to be known as Alexander the Great, He was a king of the ancient Greek kingdom of Macedon and a member of the Argead dynasty.
He was undefeated in battle and is widely considered as one of history’s most successful military commanders.
He wanted to reach the “ends of the world and the Great Outer Sea.” He invaded India; he invaded the Persian Empire; to put it short, he won different battles and conquered many lands.
Aspiration is the hope or ambition of achieving or attaining a particular goal.
While ambition can be said to be a strong desire or determination to achieve success
It is good to have ambition; it is good to aspire to be somebody in life. The world wouldnt be where it is if people had no ambitions, if we never aspired to be better.
The world we live in today is wonderful but it is also ugly with killings and wars. Since the conception of the Human race, we have only had an estimated 200 years of peace. Many things have caused this, one of them is greed. Most wars are caused by greed but you have to realize in war there is no bad guy or good, they are only people who aspire to be better, who aspire to be the best, people who want be richer than they were before, individuals that need to be better than the others
It is time we realize that aspiration is greed; they are no two ways about it.
We also need to realize that no achievement, no matter how great it is will last forever
Alexander died in Babylon in 323 BC, the city that he planned to establish as his capital, without executing a series of planned campaigns that would have begun with an invasion of Arabia. In the years following his death, a series of civil wars tore his empire apart, resulting in the establishment of several states ruled by the Diadochi, Alexander’s surviving generals and heirs.
Alexandra might be seen in some circles to have had great ambitions and aspirations, but this almost insatiable taste for victory could only be one thing, Greed
I am not trying to say greed is bad; everyone needs a little bit of greed to achieve anything.
Everyone has greed inside of them, we might call it aspiration or anything that makes us sleep better at night but try to realize that you need greed to “shoot for the sky”, if it werent for it you would be satisfied with the ground.
If you are given power, be careful not to burn down your world
Greed is good, yes but dont let it turn you into something you won’t recognize. In your pursuit of success, be sensitive to other peoples plight. Do not give into the temptation of flying too close to the sun. Dont be like Icarus, keep your ambitions in check. Dont let them get out of hand.
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