A Quote by Eddie Vedder on eddie vedder, into the wild, society, greed, and human nature

It's a mystery to me;
We have a greed, with which we have agreed.
You think you have to want more than you need.
Until you have it all, you won't be free.

Eddie Vedder

Source: From the song "Society", part of the "Into The Wild" soundtrack.

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A Quote by Jim Hightower on greed, profit, corporation, business ethics, and ethics

"The corporation cannot be ethical, its only responsibility is to make a profit."

Jim Hightower

Source: Thieves in High Places: They've Stolen Our Country--And It's Time to Take It Back, Pages: 6

Contributed by: Inukshuk

A Quote by unknown on greed, coveting, envy, lord, and want

Lord, if I can't have what I want, let me want what I have.


Contributed by: Geni

A Quote by DancinDaughter on money, greed, and morals

When money talks, morals walk.


Contributed by: DancinDaughter

A Quote by Vanna Bonta on art, inspired, and greed

Corporately contrived art product replaces inspired intellectual property with ineffectual poperty.

Vanna Bonta

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A Quote by Robert A. Thurman on robert thurman, buddhism, greed, commercialism, militarism, nonviolence, compassion, contentment, insight, and creativity

Commercial interests with their advertising industry do not want people to develop contentment and less greed.  Military interests in economic, political, ethnic or nationalist guises, do not want people to develop more tolerance, nonviolence and compassion.  And ruling groups in general, in whatever sort of hierarchy do not want the ruled to become too insightful, too independent, too creative on their own, as the danger is that they will become insubordinate, rebellious, and unproductive in their alloted tasks.

Robert Thurman

Source: Meditation and education: Buddhist India, Tibet and modernist America

Contributed by: Phaedrus

A Quote by Robert Wright on war, greed, change, and nonzero-sumness

War has contaned the seeds of its own demise all along. This primal form of zero-sum energy, through the very logic of history that it helped impel, was bound to grow more and more negative-sum until finally its downside was too glaring to ignore. In retrospect, it looks almost like planned obsolescence.

If war can indeed be turned into a relic, then the virtue of greed will recede further. From a given society's standpoint, one big upside of wanton material acquisition has traditionally been the way it drives technological progress—which, after all, helps keep societies strong. In the nineteenth century, Russia ans Germany had little choice about modernizing; in those days stasis invited conquest. But if societies no longer face conquest, breakneck technological advance is an offer they can refuse, and frugality a luxury people can afford.

God knows greed won't vanish. Neither will hatred or chauvanism. Human nature is a stubborn thing. But it isn't beyond control. Even if our core impulses can;t be banished, they can be tempered and redirected.

Robert Wright

Source: Nonzero : The Logic of Human Destiny (Vintage), Pages: 238

Contributed by: Eve

A Quote by Sri Guru Granth Sahib on greed, deception, cheating, gossip, and anger

Greed is a dog; falsehood is a filthy street-sweeper. Cheating is eating a rotting carcass. Slandering others is putting the filth of others into your own mouth. The fire of anger is the outcaste who burns dead bodies at the crematorium.

Sri Guru Granth Sahib


Contributed by: Dhyana

A Quote by Michael on jerks, zaadz, technology, tribes, greed, market, government, social networks, and social networking

Suppose hypothetically that one out of every 200 people or so is a jerk.  In today's world these jerks will discover that if they enter government or business they can become super rich and powerful jerks.  Do we conclude, therefore, that markets (or government) have caused greed?  No, the fact is that once we no longer live in tiny tribes of 200, anonymity allows some people, who would have been assholes in a small tribe but who would have been sanctioned there, to go off and become jerks on a much, much larger scale.

Technology, including Zaadz, will allow us to evade the jerks far more than we could before.  The technology-based social responsibility movement, broadly construed, will allow us to return to some extent to the moral monitoring of small villages.

Michael Strong

Source: zPod:FLOW:Re: Forget the World Bank, Try Wal-Mart

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A Quote by MaNnUzZ on desire, guilt, discontentment, disaster, and greed

There is no calamity greater than lavish desires.
There is no greater guilt than discontentment.
And there is no greater disaster than greed.


Source: lao tze

Contributed by: MaNnUzZ

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