The 21st Century Is An Era Of Greed. Do You Agree?

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Mention the word "greed" or any of its synonyms, and one is likely to receive many a disdainful stares. It is listed as one of the seven deadly sins in the Catholic doctrines and yet, virtually every single person that inhabits this planet is guilty of it. Greed drives desire, desire turns to envy, and envy leads to the failure to appreciate and hold dear what one possesses. In the modern age of the 21st Century, the above statement seems so much more accurate and true. The insatiable hunger for success and the unquenchable thirst for supremacy transform many of us into slaves of our desires, fuelled by greed and its associates. In more ways than one, greed is fast emerging to be the prime reason for every single thing we do, and it is not hard to see why.Living in today's globalised world feels challenging, even confusing at times, with distance no longer a reliable indicator of our involvements in the world. Some of our closest business ties may be stretched out over thousands of miles, and remain connected courtesy of a vast network that spans the entire globe. The massive business sector is so competitive that the fear of being left behind by the rapidly-changing faces of commerce leads many multinational organizations to expand and outsource. A prime example is the world's largest software firm, Microsoft. Under the committed leadership of Bill Gates, the world's wealthiest living person, the company successfully transformed itself from a corporation with only 11 employees to an international computer technology corporation that boasts over sixty-thousand employees and global annual sales of approximately forty-billion US dollars. The competitive nature of today's economy make it imperative for everybody to be on their toes, ready to market the next Mickey Mouse doll or the latest Windows operating system. Business and trade prospects are mushrooming throughout the world with every passing second; every man has to be greedy and selfish if it is fame and fortune that he craves. Even if one does not covet the assets and riches, greed is still required to ensure survival in the cutthroat world of ours. We have no other options but to accept the cold truth: money speaks volumes no matter where we go.Greed, as much as people have identified it as the source of all evil, is still essential for progress. It is indispensable for economic prosperity as it breeds competitiveness. The never-ending quest of owning the most expensive, most luxurious and most exquisite fuels many in their daily work. With greed, people are self-empowered to motivate themselves; the virtual carrot is dangled in front of them to drive their minds. Positive outcomes will inevitably entail, as productivity and efficiency increase. The number of malingerers would drop to an all-time low. At the end of the day, everyone...

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