Interesting how the words of a villain in a movie have now become the mantra of the greedy in this nation. From the movie Wall Street, with Michael Douglas, the amoral Gordon Gecko proclaims greed as his religion. The words are played proudly as introductions before numberous financial and investing programs. This morning, on WLS radio, host Don Wade crafted a monologue around the quote, while mocking the “Politically Correct” idea of “Love and Kindness,” in the pejorative.
It struck me that we could substitute other words for greed, such as say, rape, and the phrase works just as well:
“Rape, for lack of a better word, is good. Rape is right, Rape works…” because if your ultimate goal is simply to take what YOU decide is yours, want sex without compromise, and merely as a physical release, want to terrify, belittle, degrade and perhaps impregnate someone, then by the definitions and standards of the 1%, rape is good.
But Greed is its own form of rape. It is the moral rape of an economy and community. It is the perversion of passion and desire, because, unlike passion and desire, inherent in the word greed is a lack of boundaries and the exaltation of self above all others. Greed is opposite of community and love. Greed is an angle. Greed is an exploration of the limits of the moral, ethic and legal tolerance of society and of others. It looks for the weakness in our morality.
The standard use to be competition in business, but greed has made business, competition and government predatory and abusive. Greed makes everything not simply negotiable but target-able for acquisition and destruction, as we have seen; morality, the justice system, freedom, commerce, life. And none of that is for the benefit of society, but wholly for the pornographic benefit of a few, to the detriment of society. That isn’t business, it should be a crime.