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GreedGreed is a selfish desire for more than one needs or deserves Greed can make honest men murderers It has made countries with rich valuable resources into the poorest countries in the world We are taught it is bad and not to practice it But consider a world without greed where everyone is as sharing as Mother Theresa was The progress of humankind would be at a standstill Greed has given our society faster travel better service more convenience and most importantly progressGreed has created thousands of billionaires and millions of millionaires But why is greed associated with evil In their day most capitalists like Cornelius Vanderbilt and John D Rockefeller were depicted as pure evil Vanderbilt stole from the poor Rockefeller was a snake But the name-calling did not come from the consumers it was the competing businesses that complained The newspapers expanded on these comments calling them robber barons These are inaccurate terms f or these businessmen They were not barons because they all started penniless and they were not robbers because they did not take it from anyone elseVanderbilt got rich by making travel and shipping faster cheaper and more luxurious He built bigger faster and more efficient ships He served food on his ships which the customers liked and he lowered his costs He lowered the New York to Hartford fare from 8 to 1 Rockefeller made his fortunes selling oil He also lowered his costs making fuel affordable for the working-class people The working-class people who use to go to bed after sunset could now afford fuel for their lanterns The people who worked an average 10-12 hours a day could now have a private and social life The consumers were happy the workers were happy and they were happyBill Gates CEO of Microsoft Corporation is another example of a greedy person He is the richest man in the world with about 40 billion and he continues to pursu e
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