First was Lust, then came Gluttony and today, so that the title of this post makes sense, we hit GREED.
Greed (Latin, avaritia), also known as avarice or covetousness, is, like lust and gluttony, a sin of excess. However, greed (as seen by the church) is applied to the acquisition of wealth in particular. St. Thomas Aquinas wrote that greed was "a sin against God, just as all mortal sins, in as much as man condemns things eternal for the sake of temporal things."
I think Greed is probably the most common (and fascinating) of the sins in today's society. Watching how crazy people go when the lotto jackpot hits $50million and the global financial crisis we find ourselves in as a result of personal greed are just a couple of the exhibits I would call to a court room if ever asked to defend my stance.
But you're not here to read about the world at large, you're here to read about MMMEEEEEEE.
So to hell with the world and it's problems, let me tell you about my problems and another of the reasons I'm heading to hell.
For example, I love the stock market. The ups and downs. The fear pushing shares down, the greed forcing them back up. And the cash a few times a year by way of dividends for doing stuff all is quite nice too.
I also, like the lotto crazy people I mentioned earlier, can't help but try my chances when the lotto hits $50milllion. $40 million is not enough, especially if you have to share it. Two people getting $20 million each? No thank you! It's hardly worth it. Just give them my share and I'll try again next week.
And, as is the Gen Y thing to do, I have a lot of toys. A lot of CDs I've only listened to once or twice. DVDs I've never watched. Video games that only entertained me for a weekend. Oh, and a bobblehead (and the likelihood of more bobbleheads to come.).. (actually, that reminds me, I need to head over to eBay) I'm not as bad as some Gen Y's, but I'm certainly a lot worse than my parents who are a lot worse than my grandparents. As I said, greed is the way the world is going.
I'm sure I wouldn't be the only one who often fantasizes about having enough money and wealth to be comfortable forever without having to go to work again. But let's face it, after a few days of doing nothing we'd go mad because we've run out of things to do (or in my case all of you would probably go mad because I'd be harrassing you by posting all the time and writing random crap on Twitter all day)
Once again, forgive me ScoFans for I have sinned. I enjoy owning lots of things.