greed

This short film won an Oscar in 1989.

Very thought provoking… if you have seven and a half minutes to spare, watch this.

Unfortunately there are instances when we do things that are not our normal way of behaving or do or say things that if we were outside observers we would find abhorrent. I remember when Rita and Katrina hit down here in the southeast United States, the evacuation had people doing things that were quite out of the norm. Some doing things that showed a “kill or be killed” attitude. I guess I can kind of understand… for many that was a life threatening situation.

And I remember a couple of years ago when gas prices shot up and it didn’t look like it was gonna stop anytime soon, I saw a guy who bought twelve 10-gallon plastic gas cans. It seemed shitty. His attitude was shitty about it and it was a sort of Darwanistic, kill or be killed attitude he had about hording his gas. I guess his actions are somewhat understandable or justifiable. I mean I don’t know a thing about the other variables in his life that would make him think he needed to horde 120 gallons of gasoline. But being an outside observer, it was easy for me to view it on the surface as abhorrent or in this case… shitty.

But where do you draw the line? It seems we can always come up with mitigating variables that justify tossing our friends off the platform and hording the music box for ourselves.

Being a spirit being inside this human shell isn’t easy. The need this human-shaped vessel has to feed it’s hunger, thirst and ego is so strong, it often overpowers what the Spirit inside would have it do no matter how hard we try.

Eh… then again… some people are just greedy bastards.

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2 responses to “greed

  1. “Unfortunately there instances when we do things that are not our normal way of behaving or do or say things that if we were outside observers we would find abhorrent.”

    No kidding. . .

    See http://emersonavenger.blogspot.com for plenty iof examples of U*Us doing things that should not be the normal way of behaving and doing or saying things that if U*Us were outside observers U*Us would find abhorrent.

  2. Very thought provoking indeed. I often wonder just what it would take for me to enter that circle of greed, forsaking the good of the group that depends on me and trusts me to do the right thing. Survival? Perhaps.

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