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How Our Greed Is Destroying Us And The Earth



How Our Greed Is Destroying Us And The Earth

Greed is wreaking havoc on our planet

“We are in danger of destroying ourselves by our greed and stupidity.”~Stephen Hawking

“In a country well-governed, poverty is something to be ashamed of. In a country badly governed, wealth is something to be ashamed of.”~ Confucius

What Causes Greed?

The Free Dictionary defines greed as “an inordinate desire to acquire or possess more than one needs, especially with respect to material wealth.”

The issue that makes people devoted to pursuing more than they need is an internal emptiness and lack of self-worth, which results from self-abandonment. When people abandon themselves, they feel alone, unlovable, separate and disconnected. Because they are disconnected from their own soul and from their spiritual guidance, they do not feel a sense of connection and oneness with others and the planet. Without this sense of oneness, they attempt to fill their emptiness with more and more, with no caring about the affect their greed has on others.

Every day we are bombarded with the effects greed is having in our society and on our planet. I find it very sad that people bypass compassion in favor of greed, and that they turn their backs on the results of their greed.

The Current Effects of Greed


The health in the US and in many other countries is abysmal. The rates of cancer, heart disease, autoimmune diseases and diabetes – all degenerative diseases – are constantly climbing. Food allergies, autism, ADHD, and mental disorders such as bi-polar disorder, depression and schizophrenia are also hugely on the rise. Much of this is the result of the so-called ‘food‘ that the processed food industry spends billions advertising.

Between processed foods and industrial factory farming practices – CAFOs (confined animal feeding operations) – we are bombarded with pesticides, hormones, preservatives, GMOs, and devitalized produce that is having a devastating effect on the world’s health. All of this is due to greed. The pursuit of huge profits far outweighs any concern regarding the effects of these products on the health of the world.

Same with big pharma. They spend billions advertising drugs that have horrendous side effects – all because of greed.

If the people running these big corporations were connected within, with Spirit and with others – if they had a sense of oneness with all living beings – they could not live with themselves selling what they sell. They can do it only because they are completely disconnected from the Oneness that unites us all.


We all know that the rich are getting richer, the poor are getting poorer, and the middle class is getting decimated. The culprit here, too, is greed.

Many large corporations are forcing their employees to work on holidays under the threat of being fired if they don’t. In these big businesses, making more money is far more important to them than supporting families on a family holiday. The employees are forced to work on holidays rather than be with their families because they can’t afford the risk of losing their job – even though their pay is so low.

I recently spoke with a friend of mine about this. Years back, he and his family ran a very large grocery chain. When I asked him if they made their workers work on Thanksgiving, he said, “Oh no! In fact, they had the whole four days off.”


Poverty breeds crime. If more of the rich were caring rather than greedy, they could do much to prevent crime.

Pollution and Climate change

Worldwide greed is taking a huge toll on our entire planet. How long can we continue to pollute our beautiful planet before we reach a place of no return?

Climate change is obvious to everyone – individuals and scientists – and the only people who deny it are the people who have something to lose financially by attending to it. This level of greed is truly heartbreaking.


Elections are bought by those who are motivated by power and greed, and far too many politicians are self-serving rather than serving the people who elect them – which is why we have lost faith in government.

The level of greed on our planet is indicative of the level of disconnection with self, others and Spirit. Without the experience of Oneness that comes from connection, greed will continue to wreak havoc.

[Margaret Paul Relationship Toolbox]

CO-CREATOR OF INNER BONDING Dr. Paul is the author/co-author of several best-selling books, including Do I Have To Give Up Me to Be Loved By You?, Inner Bonding, Healing Your Aloneness, The Healing Your Aloneness Workbook, Do I Have To Give Up Me to Be Loved By My Kids?, and Do I Have To Give Up Me To Be Loved By God? Dr. Paul's books have been distributed around the world and have been translated into eleven languages. Margaret holds a Ph.D. in psychology and is a relationship expert, noted public speaker, workshop leader, educator, chaplain, consultant and artist. She has appeared on many radio and TV shows, including the Oprah show. She has successfully worked with thousands of individuals, couples and business relationships and taught classes and seminars since 1967. Margaret continues to work with individuals and couples throughout the world -- mostly on the phone. She is able to access spiritual Guidance during her sessions, which enables her to work with people wherever they are in the world. Her current passion is working on and developing content for this Website, as well as distributing SelfQuest®, the software program that teaches Inner Bonding® and is donated to prisons and schools, as well as sold to the general public. Margaret is passionate about helping people rapidly heal the root cause of their pain and learn the path to joy and loving relationships. In her spare time, Margaret loves to paint, make pottery, take photos, watch birds, read, ride horses, and spend time with her grandchildren.

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