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Greed tips global scale of fortune

Letter to the Editor

Disease, poverty, world hunger, destruction from wars. We have become so immune to these misfortunes that we tend to brush them under a rug of indifference. Today, I write to politely inform you that we are running out of rug space. These problems have accumulated for an extended period of our history, but interestingly enough we have not found the proper antidotes yet. What causes of all of these calamities to come about?

There is only one answer.

Greed. An excessive desire to acquire or possess more than one needs, especially with respect to material wealth. It's unfortunate that we live in a society that idolizes those that have more money than is possible to spend. This leads to having an infinite number of wants in a world of finite resources. A study by the World Institute for Development Economics Research at United Nations University reported that the richest 10 percent of adults account for 85 percent of the world. To put it mildly, the scales seem slightly tipped.

Some argue that greed is natural part of the human genome, and I would agree to an extent. The type of greed needed for survival is certainly natural to us, but the compilatory greed that we see nowadays wouldn't serve any evolutionary purpose. If this greed is something that we took upon ourselves over time, then it most certainly can be taken away.

Making everyone aware of the world's misfortune is a first step in the right direction. The key is that our compilations must not limit the well-being of others and we must be willing to share with those in need.

I would start with World Vision because in the time it took you to read this, seven children died of hunger. And the clock is still ticking.

Audri Wagner

Forest Grove