Greed by Prof. Sabitu Olagoke
Greed is an innate characteristic usually exhibited by people with excessive lust and a craze for materialism.
Psychologically, it is viewed as hereditary. In this wise, if not curbed at the early stage of childhood, it could become a biological fluid for impunities.
The affected individual grows up to become greedy by acquiring wealth beyond the fundamental needs of man to live in affluence or an ostentatious manner. This is known as Timocracy.
This is a state wherein every available opportunity to serve becomes a golden opportunity to accumulate wealth illegally, without recourse to transparency and accountability.
The greedy individual eventually becomes selfish by violating the fundamental rights of others to access good life.
Low Human Development Index in several nations is a fallout of the activities of such nations' greedy leaders.
Such nations become overwhelmed by various forms of crimes such as pick-pocketing, terrorism, ritual killings, armed robbery, car snatching, kidnapping among others.
The solution to this is Psychological Counseling Therapy at the formal and informal educational levels.
The cultural setting must not compromise the need for every person to uphold the principles of self-esteem and integrity.
Our value system must not condone vices such as greed, covetousness, and avarice.
Again, in a sizable number of nations, political office holders who attained positions of trust through the assumption that they are competent and fit to occupy such offices, have proved that the basis of their election and appointments revolved around false premises. Their acts of commission or omission plunged their countries into multifaced economic problems such as unemployment, hunger, and poverty.
In the final analysis, when we live as solutions to other people's concerns, worries, or problems, we would not be lured into the temptation of greediness, selfishness, and the grasping desire to possess material things.
Above all, firmness or deterrence is always an effective mitigating tool to reduce or curb vices such as greed or avarice.