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Monday, March 28, 2016

Greed Screws Up Everything

In Orange, Connecticut, the Easter egg hunt outside the Pez Museum descends into chaos as adults decide they want the 9,000 hidden eggs. To hell with the kids they had brought out to enjoy the day and collect eggs. Greed corrupted the event as ravenous adults stole or destroyed kids baskets, trampled children dangerously, and headed out into the field themselves to steal what had been generously offered to their kids. Some adults later complained that the event wasn't well supervised enough and they'd never bring their kids back. Now, that's blaming the wrong party. Who would expect adults to misbehave so badly? Who would ever believe you'd need police to cover your events to make sure parents wouldn't basically riot over free eggs? The crowd was "kind of like locusts" the shell-shocked head of the museum said. A fun, free event was ruined by the misbehavior of a few "bad eggs" who lead the way.

It wasn't the only such event in New England. Over in Proctor, Vermont, an overbooked egg hunt at Wilson Castle required police presence to bring angry adults under control.

Greed is the intense and selfish desire something, especially wealth, power, food ... or, apparently, free Easter eggs. On a holy day focused on what Jesus sacrificed for all of humanity out of love, such a response is really appalling. It is a symptom of a sick society where so much of what is available is gobbled up by the greedy elite, leaving others insecure and at times desperate. It boils over in such appalling events as this.

Years ago a marble company used to leave a bucket of marbles out on their front office steps so people could take a single sample of their product. They had to quit when greedy individuals (collectors or unscrupulous entrepreneurs perhaps?) would come by and empty the bucket, taking the whole supply for themselves.

I watched a father at a children's big wheel race so greedy for his son to win that he gave his child's big wheel a very hard shove off the starting line to propel his son out into an early lead. Greed had displaced common sense and decency in that moment. His kid did not win.

Greed is poisoning us. It is twisting our behavior. It is leading to us basically losing our minds and our souls. It will be the end of us if we do not get this under control at every level. We have a lot of hard work to do. We have to pressure our politicians to change the game, to stop rigging it in favor of their influential and greedy cronies at the top ... before the system comes tumbling down under its own corrupted, greed-riddled weight.

The book of Proverbs is the combined wisdom of the elders and experience from life collected to make navigating this complicated world a little easier. Proverbs 15:27 reads "Those who are greedy for unjust gain make trouble for their households..." Let's not make trouble for our personal, local, state, national, and international households by being poisoned by greed. We all have to live here together on one small planet. We have nowhere else to go. Let's start cooperating and bring greed to heel, before it kills us all. 

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