how come some rich people are greedy

United States
May 6, 2011 10:35pm CST
how come there is so much greed in the world some people who have lots of money never seem happy but want more there are people struggling some are homeless children staring why ?
10 responses
@arkaf61 (10891)
• Canada
7 May 11
Because as a rule, the more money one has, the more money is needed to maintain the lifestyle. People often think about their problems first, and other people's problems later - much later. Also having lots of money - specially if having it from birth - gives different perspectives and a difficulty understanding the real needs of the ones that don't have it. Some have empathy and can have a more realistic idea, but most don't. WHen I was a teenager and as a young adult, I worked in a support group for smaller children and other teens. We worked in the parts of the city that needed the most help and opened youth centers providing support, activities, social aspects that many of the kids in those areas were missing, leading them to a life filled with all the stuff that can be damaging. For each center, we would ask for help from the ones that could - the ones with the money - we asked for simple things, a space to provide the activities, materials, ideas, their voluntary work etc. We often got things that made no sense, unless one was... well rich. One wealthy gentleman wanted to help badly, he visited some of our centers - we used to have music classes/guitar classes, drama, some sports, arts classes, etc. all things that weren't all that expensive so we could provide the kids with some pleasant alternatives to the street - this gentleman loved the classes, so he donated... a whole photography lab! In his opinion photography was a great hobby and a calm one so it would be great for them. When we explained to them that those kids had no cameras, some had never seen one, he wanted to solve it by giving them cameras. ALl that was really nice, but those kids couldn't afford buying film, and many would probably end up selling the cameras to help the families buy food. Yet because he had never been in such situation that even a meal was not a certain thing, he couldn't understand the real needs and the necessity to provide things that the kids themselves didn't have to spend money on. Another one, felt that the house we were using for another center, was not very good, and gave us free use of a better one with plenty of rooms for each class etc. ... the problem? It was far enough from the area we were trying to reach that the kids would have to take a bus to go there - paying a ticket to go and one to return.Worse it was in a rich area, where those kids would be seen with suspicion and the kids themselves would not feel at easy in there. There were so many things like that, that I soon learned the difficulty richer people have grasping the reality of others not as fortunate. That said there are many people with money that are doing the right things. But even then, there are problems sometimes at the receivers end. Sometimes help ends up not getting to the hands of those that were to receive it - it gets lost in the way there because even people that are not rich, can be greedy too. I have another example, a more recent experience and one that reflects many of the things that aren't working right. There are plenty of food banks in here. I once looked up what was needed to qualify in some of them. I found it to be roughly a good way to gauge people's needs and a fair one. People needed to present income papers, proper address, people in the household etc. Made sense. Until I met at least half a dozen people that didn't need to use the food banks, and yet were receiving food not only from one, but several of them. These were people not rich, but with jobs - some better remunerated than I am - and with enough income to buy their own food, instead of "stealing" it from the ones that really needed it. I think it might take a while until all human beings are ready to 1) understand real needs of others 2) help the right way 3) get their hands off what's not meant for them 4) learn what's really important
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@megamatt (14333)
• United States
9 May 11
Power does corrupt and with money comes a lot of power. Therefore, they are unable to really feel any sympathy for those less fortunate than them. Then again, I'm afraid of what might happen if I actually got rich. You just don't know until you lived that life how selfish you might potentially get. I would really like to hope that I would not become a selfish person, but that is something that is not assured. Still the power of wealth can be a very corrupting force. Granted, not all rich people are jerks, but you don't hear about that, because that would destroy a very prominent stereotype. But enough of them are where said stereotype exists in the first place. Still there are plenty of people who are middle class that are fairly selfish as well. It is one of those situations where you got to wonder is it the person or the wealth. Sometimes it is just one or another.
• Philippines
10 May 11
There is a saying that absolute power corrupts absolutely and history tells us that that saying has merit. I also think that your post regarding power and money, as tools of the rich, has the universal merit. It is not always safe to assume that all rich people are greedy. There are rich people who do give back to charities and victims of unfortunate events. It is safe to assume also that majority of the rich are greedy not just in power but in money as well. Greed, being one of the seven cardinal sins, is a sin that is natural to people and perhaps the wealth, the luxury and the power tends to corrupt more as the influence and the bank account goes full. But generalizing a sector of society for greediness or whatever is not fair since there are also people who are greedy, even if they have less dime in their pockets.
@celticeagle (114504)
• Boise, Idaho
8 May 11
People are out for themselves now days. It does take some frugal planning to become rich to begin with if they give it all away it is gone. People that are rich don't have to give to everyone else. It isn't their fault people are homeless. I can see giving some to the homeless but why make out all the rich people are greedy? They have a right to what they have if they worked for it!
• Philippines
7 May 11
It's what power and money really do to people. People become greedy. I guess it's human nature to want more once they get what they want. Contentment is really hard to achieve. Unless a person is raised to be generous, no matter how rich they get, they will always share their blessings to the less fortunate. This way, they could help society and make a difference in their own simple way. Anyway, it is a sad truth and what's sometimes difficult is accepting this fact especially if we know someone who could be so greedy in the worst way possible.
@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
7 May 11
Sometimes that is how they become rich in the forst place...being greedy and business savy. Other times, I just think they have never went without long enough to appreciate what they have. I guess it is hard for someone to understand if they have never been on that side of the fence. It is sad.
7 May 11
yes some are greed some are not.Those rich people who are greed maybe because they love money than anything else, they taught money can save them, they can buy everything,or they taught they will become more powerful person.As they say money can't buy everything.
• Philippines
7 May 11
The way I see it, people (others) are rich because they are being greedy. If they are to share those richness, nothing will be left for them. That's what i think. Also, people would always want to be on the TOP. So in order to be that "someone", they need the poor ones to be considered as "rich".
@bobmnu (8160)
• United States
7 May 11
Many of the rich in the United States have set up charities to help all people. Bill Gates - Concerned with world health issues established a foundation John McCain and his wife support operation smile and other charities. Andrew Carnegie built libraries in many many cities around this country John D. Rockefeller gave us the Grand Tetons National Park - he donated the land Many more have set up foundations and scholarships for bright needy students. Much medical research is funded by wealthy people trying to make a difference. Most wealthy people will donate to good and just causes you just don't hear about it.
• United States
7 May 11
I know right? Rich people are also cheap, well the ones I know. They like to hold on to their money and count every dime of it! I'm not rich so I don't know why they're so greedy but I know they are!
• United States
7 May 11
Sadly it does happen this way instead of sharing some of their wealth. The old phrase comes to mind that the more they have the more they want. They do not have to give up to much because a little could feed even a family but unfortunately they do not see it this way. If even ten rich ones gave a little perhaps a neighborhood and or community could be fed.