The word carries within itself many other word sensations that assist in shaping its meaning, none which would carry social merit nor which one would want to be associated:
rapaciousness, avarice, gluttony, unscrupulousness, graspingness, rapacity, miserliness, meanness, covetousness, avidity, stinginess, acquisitiveness, materialism, hoarding, cupidity, selfishness, egotism, egocentrism, self-regarding, self-absorption, insatiability, intemperance, self-indulgence, hedonism, decadence, self-gratification, dissolution, recklessness, overindulgence, folly, nonessential, luxury, excessiveness, licentiousness and a whole pool of similar words that few of us would want to be associated, yet be permitted to give us our description or identity.
Those with political views that enfold their religion and economics within a total package of greed would not want any of these words associated with them. Furthermore the word greed does not give credit to our worthy economic system nor enhance its image.
Most would reject that notion that life is based on greed or that the justification for our type of economy and democracy stems from what seems a sanctified concept that motivates some of our leading businessmen.
No political party would long succeed associated to the term “greed.” So why would entrepreneurs of this generation proudly wave the word as a banner to anything even temporarily symbolic to what stimulates the energetic industry of this great nation?
We are among the most generous of nations. I will not yield to the notion that I am a citizen of a nation even associated with the term greed within our basic notions or creed of life.
Our form of capitalism could not function within a truly greedy nation. And we would immediately reject that idea if we were to give serious consideration to its full significance.
Our economic system requires more than a small portion of practical generosity. I’m grateful that there are as many opposing words to those that the notion of “greed” provokes.