Two people could be doing the same work, strive for the same results, but with completely different motivations. That means that we cannot correctly ascertain a person's intentions based on what we see them do.chownah wrote: ↑Tue May 08, 2018 4:37 amI was thinking more along the lines that if greed was replaced with compassion then there would be no poverty.......it is greed that creates poverty in this day and age in that the means of production are way more than adequate to elimate poverty and it is greed which hoards wealth and thus creates poverty.
Secondly, a person could indeed be acting out of greed when they act in a way to obtain greater material wellbeing; but this doesn't necessarily mean that they are acting out of greed for greater material wellbeing, for they could be acting out of greed for status, safety, to please their parents, out of habit ...
This is why generally blaming greed misses the point and is ineffective.
It's not clear that this is the case. Humans are a competitive and classist species. Humans don't simply want that everyone would be equal or the same. Humans prefer differences. Humans thrive on there being differences in socioeconomic status, in education, in looks, in health, etc.it is greed that creates poverty in this day and age