The end of greed?

It’s emerging that greed has played a large role in the economic downturn, with banks pushing the limits of their loan book to those unable to repay their debts – surely one of the first rules of the finance industry. With that in mind, we’d be interested to hear entrepreneurs’ views on this section of the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Easter sermon:

"Individuals live in anxious and acquisitive ways, seizing what they can to provide a security that is bound to dissolve, because they are going to die.


"Societies or nations do the same. Whether it is the individual grabbing the things of this world in just the repetitive, frustrating sameness that we have seen to be already in fact the mark of an inner deadness…


"Or the greed of societies that assume there will always be enough to meet their desires – enough oil, enough power, enough territory – the same fantasy is at work.


"We shan’t really die. We as individuals can’t contemplate an end to our acquiring, and we as a culture can’t imagine that this civilisation, like all others, will collapse and that what we take for granted about our comforts and luxuries simply can’t be sustained indefinitely.

"To all this, the church says, sombrely, don’t be deceived: night must fall."

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