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One of the most interesting things about the human race is our greed.  Truly, the power that avarice has over this species is almost too incredible for words.  There are videos, countless videos, showing the absolute worst parts of the human race, the greatest day which represents the power that greed has over our species, Black Friday.  Never before has a creation of man been so great at capturing what is wrong with our entire species.

All religion, my friend, is simply evolved out of fraud, fear, greed, imagination, and poetry.  -Edgar Allan Poe

For those of you who don’t remember, there was a creation on The Oprah Winfrey Show which was called “My Favorite Things.”  It was an episode that happened around Christmas each year where she gave a metric ton of stuff to her audience.  Take a look at some of the audience reactions here, and then come back and say that greed doesn’t do anything wrong to America’s culture.  The amount of screaming and crying that people were doing over this is not only pathetic, it is really tragic.

Probably the single greatest flaw in our species is the lack of ability to make sacrifices.  We are simply unable to settle for less, even when times are tough.  The biggest problem in Europe right now is that these countries are telling their people the ugly truth, that they will have to really make some ugly sacrifices, but the people are so unwilling to listen.  There are riots in the street for the belief that none of them will have to make any sacrifices.  Here in America, the rich are completely unwilling to listen to reason.  They are so hell-bent on keeping everything just the way it was, and asking them to make any kind of significant sacrifice is just completely out of the question.

At a time when unbridled greed, malignant aggression, and existence of weapons of mass destruction threatens the survival of humanity, we should seriously consider any avenue that offers some hope. -Stanislav Grof
Perhaps this is the way that it was always meant to be.  While most people choose to look at the very pretty aspect of the holidays, that they are about taking care of one’s fellow man, and how they are about coming together and enjoying the season, the fact is that greed does manifest itself in very ugly ways.This country has capitalized on the gift-giving involved with this season, and it is almost kind of tragic.  How many parents lately are having to tell their children that there isn’t going to be a Christmas for them this year?  How many of the unbelievably large amounts of people on this planet are starving to death, while the wealthiest don’t give a damn about them?!  How can people just sit down and stuff their face, knowing that somewhere out there, some person is dying from something that we have already cured, and simply don’t care enough to give them?Rick Perry can sing all he wants about how “kids can’t celebrate Christmas in schools,” but I contend that it is sick that humanity can celebrate Christmas with a straight face, when the fact is that not only has our species been consumed by greed, but it will be the end of us all.

There are som ugly choices ahead for all of civilization.  Either we are all going to have to make some huge sacrifices, and be willing to tone down the greed a little, especially the richest 1%, or we are not going to be able to stomach the net hundred years on this planet.

I’m not saying that you should hate the season, but can we all at least try and understand that we have to look out for our fellow man?  Is that asking too much?  If it is, then maybe humanity should just let greed and malice consume it, so another species can give this a shot.  Maybe they’ll do better.
Peace out,

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