Straight Talk by Roy Moraleta
Straight Talk

Greed in the worlds of the civilized

Jul 1, 2021, 12:10 AM
Roy Moraleta

Roy Moraleta

Columnist

INTERESTINGLY, greed is by nature a natural and accepted behavior among beasts in the wild. Often the weak and the lesser kind become the unfortunate prey. Survival in the wild becomes more elusive among the weakest, and often the conquest belongs to the huge and the strong. The unfortunate beasty behavior has not just remained in the wild. In fact, it also has invaded rather elaborately in the worlds of the civilized.

How greed can effectively bend a man from uprightness. No matter how low could be the unnecessary warping it won't matter as long as the ravenous appetite is satisfied. This is not only true in the moral and ethical realms of human experience, in fact, but the reality of this in the world of politics is also even more pronounced.

How often officials (particularly politicians) in government fall into the trappings of greed? Their unsated cravings for more power seemed like a drawing force that pulls them down to the inferior levels of political wars. They could care less however nasty the collateral can become with their political antics. What matters is that their ravenousness is readily satiated.

With politics now heating up and a surge of controversial and highly politicized issues in the continuous build-up, you can expect a nastier and meaner environment as election time gets closer. And because the accelerating drive is fueled with unmistakable greed for power, influence, and money, it won't come to a halting stop just yet. Not even those incumbent politicos, presumably have been soaked already both in influence and affluence though their years in power, are ready to step down and to willingly relegate to others their reign. Not even the founding precepts of democracy, which are supposed to guide our brand of politics, can dissuade grasping politicos from their voracious greed.

So yes, our brand of politics which is already at the doorstep is an interesting imagery of human greed we are yet to restrain and control.



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