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Greed Is a World Problem

Greed Is a World Problem Zoosh and Adam Smith and Grandfather through Robert Shapiro

All right, this is Zoosh. There is an important and pressing problem in the world, and this problem tends to come up more frequently when people are troubled or worried, even when there is nothing immediate going on to threaten them.

First off, I want to say there is no shame in being rich or wealthy — no shame in it — so you don’t have to hide. However, at times like these, one of the biggest dangers is greed. The problem with greed is that it can create literally a blind spot. I’m not talking about something you cannot visually see, but something you cannot understand or process in thought, and you might ignore your own feelings. Perhaps there is a project you believe in or something you have even rationalized is going to make the world a wonderful place. It might be some form of technology, but it has risks, and everyone says it has risks. “Oh, watch out for artificial intelligence,” people say, or, “Watch out for some new technological wonder.” I’m not picking on artificial intelligence; that was just an example.

Sometimes people will say, “Oh, well, you know, it’s not as bad as that,” and they will rationalize it to themselves, because there is a lot of money to be made. In short, they put on their blinders and say, “No, there’s a lot of money to be made,” and they talk about it in their business or on their own or in their family or wherever. They say, “Well, we’ve gone this far, so let’s try it and see.” But so many things have turned into “let’s try it and see,” and afterward everybody decides that was definitely the wrong way to go. Even then, they left the product out there because so many people were involved and were getting their cut. Then it was very easy to rationalize: “Well, we will phase it out when we get something better.”