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A World Without Greed

Posted on 2009.08.11 at 11:40
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In my perfect world no one would fall prey to that most incomprehensible of motivators, greed (lobbyists would be shot on site). Every single one of us would then truly treat others selflessly with all our fighting might. Love would be forever, with everyone you've ever loved and lovers' lovers would share with you endless expressions of such. Jealousy, that sub-set of greed would be supplanted with many lovers' touch.

In my perfect world religious freedom's broken ideology would be replaced without delay; outlawing greedy religions claiming theirs is the only way. Countless debates on origin would be put upon the shelf, for surely then we could respect each other's individual expression of self.

In my perfect world arguments would be impassioned for the purpose of education and learning, not to best others or try to win, rather to quench knowledge's yearning. All the things we hate in others: anger, self-servitude, dominance and sin, stem from the root of all evil - greed, preventing an outpouring of peace from within.

In my perfect world there would be no need for justification to cheat others for personal gain, because the end does not absolve the means and you wouldn't be able to live with the burden of your shame. Encourage, enhance, romance - soon you'll find no will nor desire to participate in any disheartening dance.

Its not foolish to want these things or live like they already exist. Love others with every ounce of courage, and make every day as intimate as your first kiss.


thesweetestnote at 2009-08-11 19:43 (UTC) (Link)

a three fold utopian dream....

Absolutely, one of your best writings.
ehowton at 2009-08-11 20:46 (UTC) (Link)

Re: a three fold utopian dream....

Thank you.
Tomas Gallucci
schpydurx at 2009-08-12 14:38 (UTC) (Link)
Who pissed in your cheerios prompting this pontification of passive aggressive angst?
ehowton at 2009-08-12 14:58 (UTC) (Link)
I can find no supporting evidence of your claim in my text.
Tomas Gallucci
schpydurx at 2009-08-12 15:08 (UTC) (Link)
No, there isn't such evidence in your text. It's in the subtext.

See, I know you're a very mature person. I also know that you wouldn't take to outright bitching on your blog about something like religion. Instead, you would take the time to make this a teachable moment while at the same time venting your frustration by emphasizing what think is the correct way to behave.

Somehow, this post didn't strike me as you relaying idle thoughts you've had over the past couple of days. No, this post seemed reactionary to me. And trust me, if anyone knows reactionary, it's me.
ehowton at 2009-08-12 15:24 (UTC) (Link)
Well articulated. And the whole drawing me into your confidence thing by admitting your own shortcomings - very Clarice Starling.

While I appreciate, nay - even admit that your conclusion would support the sequence of events, I've been meaning to write a post on greed being the absolute root of all evil. This post however, actually started out with:

In my perfect world digital cameras would auto-upload to servers in the cloud, to be brought down again by those who's permissions allowed. Photoshop would be available on the iPod Touch everywhere, and a holographic screen for full-size interaction would unfold from the device which would be tactile-aware.

But as these things often do, it mutated. When I decided to pull that stanza out (as it remained throughout the first two drafts) I needed to replace it with something. And while you may still be right about something setting me off, I've since forgotten what that might be and was focusing on places where we dismiss greed as a motivator, and yet its entire infrastructure is built upon it. Religion seemed to fit the bill like a well-fitting shoe.
Tomas Gallucci
schpydurx at 2009-08-12 15:49 (UTC) (Link)
I can see how the text in the blockquote would piss you off since we don't live in your perfect world. Unfortunately, not everyone gets to have a gold toilet. It's just not in the cards. So we do the best that we can. Do you think that your shit is really worthy of a golden bowl.
ehowton at 2009-08-12 16:11 (UTC) (Link)
Its small thinking like that which creates the self-fulfilling prophecies people like you mire yourselves in. Auto-uploading wireless cameras? Five years tops from people like me. Start the countdown.
CeltManX, Devlin O' Coileáin
celtmanx at 2009-08-13 03:00 (UTC) (Link)
A perfect world would be a world without humans as humans are inherently imperfect.
pgrtop at 2009-08-19 17:44 (UTC) (Link)
As created.
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