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Greed. (Art by Thiago Lehmann)

No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.
~ Matthew 6:24 .

Greed or Avarice is one of the Seven Deadly Sins and is an uncontrolled longing for increase in the acquisition or use of material gain (be it food, money, land, or animate/inanimate possessions); or social value, such as status, or power.

Greed has been identified as undesirable throughout known human history because it creates behavior-conflict between personal and social goals. The demon that embodies Greed is Mammon and the corresponding virtue is Charity.

Description

The initial motivation for (or purpose of) greed and actions associated with it may be the promotion of personal or family survival. It may at the same time be an intent to deny or obstruct competitors from potential means (for basic survival and comfort) or future opportunities; therefore being insidious or tyrannical and having a negative connotation. Alternately, the purpose could be defense or counteractive response to such obstructions being threatened by others. But regardless of purpose, greed intends to create an inequity of access or distribution to community wealth.

Beings of Greed

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