There is a book by Adam Smith called ‘The Wealth Of Nations’
Well, this post is crafted to highlight greed, primarily among politicians (with a touch on non-politicians, as well)
It is often amusing, seeing how politicians shamelessly cross-carpet without any thought for ideology. For them, it seems to be a matter of… “it’s all in a day’s job, it goes with the territory”.
Equally so is the greed exhibited by politicians who oscillate permanently along the orbit / trajectory of governance.. the corridors of power.
The minister resigns to seek election as governor. The governor who has been in the saddle for eight years wants to become a senator, after having served as a minister in two different past administrations. The Senator who has legislated for six years, earning mind boggling sums, wants to turn-around and become a governor. A past Vice President was even rumoured as eyeing at a time Governorship of his home state.
It is hoped that, one day, desperate past governors won’t attempt to become commissioners as propriety and shame are no longer in the lexicon of our people.
There is this fable that illustrates perfectly the behaviour of our
A greedy dog, with a juicy piece of bone securely clamped between its fangs, was passing across a bridge. Looking down, the dog saw its reflection, and thought it was another dog with a succulent bone in its mandibles. Hey, it ruminated to itself, would it not cool to have another sumptuous bone in addition to the one already in my hands (jaws)?
Of course, we know the rest of the story.
In failing to be satisfied and enjoy what’s already in its possession, the dog is more concerned about what is out there.
This same attitude latently and patently applies to lots of humans
(| graciously and loosely include politicians in that term!) …. greed.
Rather than focus on what we already have (which is usually already abundant), we are forever lusting aggressively after what we don’t have, and thus losing what we already have (like health, peace of mind, & reputation), in the process.
External things don’t make us happy. But rather, (lust for) external things have the propensity to make us unhappy when not managed properly, or if our hearts rule over our heads.
There is enough for our needs but not for our greed / wants.
Therefore, in our ambition and aggression to acquire the next big thing, next big position or, next big contract, let us pause from time to time to ‘Count our blessings and name them one by one’
We may just be surprised and find that the rambunctious races we engage in may be ‘actions executed by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying very little’ in the grand Scheme of things..
Let us slow down, sometimes, in our pursuits, so as to enjoy what we have.