ygmir wrote: FIGJAM wrote:
Not sure I agree on the greed thing.
Maybe it's just me, but when I play the "What would I do if I won the lottery." game, My first thoughts go to how can I help others and have it really make a difference.
I've been trying most of my life to help those that seem to be in need.
Investing time and cash, but the change that need's to take place in the person i'm trying to help for it to be affective never seem's to take place.
Asking that they do something for me in exchange for help even if it's always just something I want them to do for themself's makes no difference.
I cant stop myself from trying though.
IMHO,you may be somewhat confusing greed with generosity.
Yeah, the "lotto dream" is so true, of many of us.
But, if you had "nothing", would you give it all away, or, make sure you've got enough to be comfortable, first? and your family?
I'm not saying that's bad, just sayin' "it is" and applying it in general terms....sure, there are altruistic folks, that would give it all away, and still struggle themselves........
I think you have to take care of yourself in order to try to help other's.
By most people's standards "I have nothing".
I live in a 10ft.x30ft. "box" that I built on a frame to avoid zoning permits. Since it's not a permenent structure they have no say in it.
It suits my "need's", and it turns out, my wants as well.
I put it on my brother's property so I could help him with 93yr. old mom.
She finally past last year, but he's pushing 70, so I'm staying to maintain things that he cant do anymore.
1 1/2 acre's and two shops just for tinkering. I move a few cactus for cash and think I'm happier than most people I run into.
I gave up my house and the general "Rat race" to do this and it seem's to have worked out for all concerned.
All that being said, I'd love to be YOUR naighbor for when I needed an extra pair of hands on a project and vise versa because I don't think you would abuse the privlage.
and, I would love to be your neighbor, as well.
Although, imagine the projects, and shenanigans that might ensue.
I totally agree with your statements, and conditions.
What I'm generalizing, though, is that most would not be there.
And, even at that, what you have may be a lot, compared to a good portion of the worlds population.
I guess, part of my point, also, is that "enough" is even very subjective................
Maybe "greed" was to strong a word to use initially,but, I can't think of another description.