“Greed or avarice, cupidity or covetousness is the excessive desire for more than is needed or deserved, not for the greater good, but one’s own selfish interest, and at the detriment and society at large”.
In thinking about a story, I read in your absolutely fine daily K News about the break in at the Grill located on Thomas Lands, there is something about this story that would not let go of me. Break-ins and robberies occur almost on a daily basis in our beloved country, unfortunately, way too often. So reading about this has almost desensitized us to the point that in as much as most Guyanese abhor these nefarious activities they have become almost routine. I struggled with the topic sentence, should it be, ‘The Psychology of Greed’ or ‘The Thomas Lands YMCA burglaries are an inside job’? I suppose one of the questions that will never be answered by us flawed humans is, ‘How Much is Enough’? When is our greed satisfied to the point, we humans can speak to ourselves and answer that most profound question which can be applied to just about every situation in our lives. The CEO, the politician, the manager, employee, police officer, male or female involved in extra curricula activities even though married or ‘living home’ in Guyanese parlance, the underlying motivation for crossing that line is our inability to remind ourselves that, sooner or later we will be caught or found out. Common sense then dictates that we should at least stop while we can, but it is said that, common sense is not common. In thinking about the Thomas Lands break-ins, there is no question, they are an inside job. These unfortunate incidences were all timed when the owner restocked the business and just as significant, the perpetrators knew where the alarm system is located and were able to dismantle same. Now no one was hurt physically or killed but what troubled me more than ever is the short sightedness of the inside person(s). The Psychology of Greed seems to prevent this person or persons to think beyond their greed. The following questions obviously did not play any part in their flawed deliberations. (1) If these robberies continue the owner may sooner or later have to close the business (2) This decision would not only impact the employment of the inside person(s) but co-workers as well, (3) the ill gotten proceeds from the sale of stolen products will not last forever, the employment more than likely will and (4) is this the way to repay the kindness of the owner in providing the opportunity be it government or private? (5) What about our vested interest in assisting that entity to succeed? None of these considerations seems to cross the mind or impact the thinking of the greedy individual. Guyana, like most of the world is unfortunately infected with this disease of greed. The answer lies in our individual decisions, do I or don’t I and what are the ramifications of the do or don’t.? This brings us right back to that age old question,’ How Much is Enough’?
Claudeston G. Massiah
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