Friday, December 22, 2006

Is Greed Good

With Christmas nearly upon us, nearly every time you turn on the TV you see another Christmas TV show, and eventually you come across Scrooge. I don’t think anyone out there would look at scrooge as a role model, but it did make me think. How bad is greed? Is it as evil as scrooge illustrates? It can be seen a number of ways. Taken to extremes as Scrooge did, yes, it can bring out the worst in people. Heck, it made one of the seven deadly sins, and I’m not about to argue with that. But can’t it also bring out the best in people? Without some level of greed, how many people would be motivated to become contributing members of society? Without intense greed would the libraries Rockefeller funded have been built? Would the medical research funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates foundation still take place?

This is another instance where finding balance is needed. Greed seems to be a necessity in order to be generous, since you can’t give what you don’t have. It is also a protection mechanism, without it we would be unable to support ourselves. In short, I think there is more good to a little greed than there is bad.

This rant has been a more than just a little biased. Talk to me. Is greed good?

Sunday, December 03, 2006

1200 To 3 Miles

Yesterday my girlfriend moved back from New York for good! I'm excited about it. Not only that, but she now rents a town home only 3 miles away from me. That is a serious step up from the 1200 mile trip to visit her before. We had only dated 2 months prior to her moving, so this whole dating locally concept is new to us.

All of you who still think I'm pulling your leg about her can actually meet her now. She does exist!