I’m not sure what it is, but there seem to be those people that will do nothing if they are not compensated for their effort. I’m sure we all know such a person or are possibly related to one. I understand people being cheap, or should I say frugal, and that such people don’t want to part with their hard earned money without making sure they are getting value. I’m talking about those people that will go to any length to make a buck, often times committing illegal or immoral deeds to do so. Or those people that will get into a relationship just to get their hands on money. People who will keep secrets and concoct stories to keep what money they have obtained through their nefarious actions in their pockets and hopefully make more through their efforts.
Unfortunately, I know such people and they have essentially given up everything in their lives for a bit of money. They have been disowned by their family members and friends, labelled by others within their communities and are unable to maintain any type of relationships because their greed shows through in a relatively short period of time.
Possibly the worst kind of greed involve relationships based on false pretenses. When I see someone who is in a relationship for what is obviously financial gain of one of the partners, I can’t help but wonder why someone would allow themselves to be placed in such a position. When it involves younger people I hope they can come back from a financial loss because of their age and that they might learn from their mistakes, But when it involves someone in their senior years and that they may lose their financial independence because they thought they had found someone who will be there to share the rest of their lives with them, it angers me.
The relationship scenario gets even worse when it involves someone who is ill, either long-term or terminal and gets into a relationship thinking they are going to be taken care of. Such people are often not in a capacity to make the best decisions and may think that this is their last chance to be in a relationship that will be in their own best interest. Once they realize that they may have made a mistake, they are no longer in a position to make the necessary changes because of their health situation.
There are many who think that greed is good and that greed is a byproduct of hard work. Many do not see a problem with those people who are much like the Gordon Gekko character of the movie Wall Street. We may think that it is often the poor or uneducated who are most likely to be deceptive, but it is actually most often those that are rich that lack empathy or are even more likely to be inconsiderate drivers. Often such behaviour is driven by greed and people who believe such acts are acceptable.
Fortunately, greed can also result in circumstances that are not so great, such as criminal charges and the loss of property that was gained through acts motivated by greed. There are those who have gotten into relationships hoping to gain financially and have been found out and kicked to the curb with nothing. There are others who committed acts to gain vast amounts of money only to be caught and end up losing it all along with their freedom.
I would be interested to hear from others on accounts of greed they have encountered and whether they ended up in good or bad situations. As always, your comments are welcome.