Can greed be a good? – ABC Religion & Ethics – Opinion

By Stanley Hauerwas

The economic crisis that gripped the world in 2008-2009 was most often attributed to greed gone out of control. We are suffering because some became too greedy – or so we were told. But all this presumes we know what we are talking about when we talk about greed. And I don’t think that is the case.

The desire for money may be an indication of greed, but I want to argue that greed is a much more subtle vice than simply the desire to be rich.

Indeed, I am of the opinion that what is often identified as lust may actually be a form of greed. The very fact that the lust that grips so many lives is never satisfied suggests that lust has become a form of greed.

Can greed be a good? – ABC Religion & Ethics – Opinion.


About patlynch
I am a broadcaster in Arkansas, a former freelance writer and political columnist in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. Writing Coach. Speaker. Director of the Christian Foundations for Ministry program, and presently enrolled in the Anglican School of Ministry Master of Ministry program.

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