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1Mariam SaeedMrs. VerhoogENG3U1October 6, 2014Greed verses AmbitionIs there a difference between greed and ambition? There are greedy people in this world who have everything they want and yet they still want more. Then there are ambitious people who desire to reach their big goal and/or to fulfil their life purpose. This is the problem in life. How much more can you get and how less may you have? Firstly, the greedy one wants as much as they can have. Ambitious one wants to work to get that much more. Secondly, greed is contempt of responsibilities. Ambition involves an authority of priorities. Lastly, greed is sustained by desire. Ambition is sustained by the genuine heart. The difference ...view middle of the document...

An ambitious dog would have eaten the bone after knowing there is no other hungry dog looking for food. This is the difference between ambitious and greed. To sum up, this story's main purpose was to show how greed could get you nothing. Be satisfied with what you have because if you go running greedily after something that does not belong to you, you will lose what you have.Secondly, knowing you desperately want something so badly, greed keeps you away from getting it yourself. For an example, if you were being lazy and wanted a snack, you ask you friend to make you popcorn. Then, while your friend brings you your popcorn and without offering or sharing, you completely ignore what she did for you after you get what you want. That is being greedy. Clearly, the greedy one was purposely being helpless, and an ambitious one would have been more kind by being responsible in giving others an opportunity to have a bite of the popcorn. An ambitious personality helps you go after your dreams. You are responsible for your upcoming future and want to go after your achievements. On the other hand, a greedy personality by having an intense and selfish desire for having something will get you nowhere in life. You have absolutely no respect in helping people following their dreams. This shows who is the more responsible one and who can care less for achieving something on their own.Last but not least, greed is brought up by desire and ambition is brought up by the genuine heart. "Every major religion recognizes that suffering and evil are caused by excessive desires directed toward a selfish purpose" (Selfish Desire, Lust and Greed). The connection of greed to vitality also connects it to desire. To be physically alive is to have and seek satisfaction of needs. This, itself, is not desire. Desire for an object means something more than the need to have it to sustain life. The difference that...

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