Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,
What a joy to read your posts on 'Vanity', you have all composed wonderful haiku. Sometimes with a clear kind of vanity in it and sometimes not so clear, but they all were great.
I am glad to see new contributors to our daily haiku meme and I love to welcome them to Carpe Diem. I hope Carpe Diem will grow further and will even be a greater success than I could have dreamed of.
Today we share haiku on 'Greed', another one of the seven sins.
Greed is the inordinate desire to possess wealth, goods, or objects of abstract value with the intention to keep it for one's self, far beyond the dictates of basic survival and comfort. It is applied to a markedly high desire for and pursuit of wealth, status, and power.
As a secular psychological concept, greed is, similarly, an inordinate desire to acquire or possess more than one needs. It is typically used to criticize those who seek excessive material wealth, although it may apply to the need to feel more excessively moral, social, or otherwise better than someone else.
Thomas Aquinas wrote "Greed is a sin against God, just as all mortal sins, in as much as man condemns things eternal for the sake of temporal things.". In Dante's Purgatory, the avaricious penitents were bound and laid face down on the ground for having concentrated too much on earthly thoughts.
From Vine's Complete Expository Dictionary, greed means "greedy for base gains." Gain itself is not a sin, but the gain of base things. Also, "given to greed" means literally, "given to filth." Thus, a moral concern, not a subjective economic one for which there is no equal. A very wealthy man, for example, may be considered "greedy" in error, if such wealth was planned for some great achievement or building project.
Ivan Boesky famously defended greed in a May 18, 1986, commencement address at the UC Berkeley's School of Business Administration, in which he said, "Greed is all right, by the way. I want you to know that. I think greed is healthy. You can be greedy and still feel good about yourself". This speech inspired the 1987 film Wall Street, which features the famous line "greed, for lack of a better word, is good. Greed is right, greed works. Greed clarifies, cuts through, and captures the essence of the evolutionary spirit. Greed, in all of its forms; greed for life, for money, for love, knowledge has marked the upward surge of mankind."
|The Worship of Mammon - painting by: Evelyn de Morgan|
hunting for gold and diamonds -
the last volume of the haiku bible -
|Credits: first cherry blossom|
first cherry blossom
every day I look up with greed -
another cherry blossom
Well ... I have succeeded I think. I love it when a haiku flows from my pencil. Every haiku makes me greedy for more haiku ... is that a sin? Am I sinner?