[FoRK] Re: An armed society... (freakin' Canada.)
<jtauber at jtauber.com> on
Wed Sep 19 05:23:29 PDT 2007
> But let's kill one bad meme in its tracks: greed is a *positive*
> force, not a negative one, in the sense that self-interest in
> individuals it is a constructive urge. It's important to
> distinguish that constructive urge (wanting something --- money,
> chicks, a giant CPU farm, world peace, whatever) from the
> destructive urge of *not wanting somebody else to have something.*
> We loosely use the term "greed" to mean both things; in fact, they
> are distinct.
The lack of distinction in large part due to people wrongly thinking
everything is a zero-sum game.
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