Greed


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Greed

The intense, perhaps inordinate, desire for wealth. There is no consensus as to how much desire qualifies as greed. Some believe greed to be positive as it motivates business, which spurs economic growth. Many others, however, believe greed can go too far and create unsustainable growth or growth at the expense of social justice. The morality of greed is a concern in the field of business ethics.
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While people lose money because of greed or too much fear (in purchasing power), people do so knowing what they are getting into.
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He and his counterpart in Stone's excellent film are proof that greed in itself may not be good, but neither are inhibition, repression, and fear.
Greed destroys people, societies and God's creation.
As a Conservative and a supporter of capitalism, I recognise that an economic system built on man's innate greed will have its faults.
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