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Greed:  An excessive desire to acquire or possess more than what one needs or deserves. 

When is a desire excessive? 

When it leads to a negative effect on happiness.

"The truth is that we live in BonusLand and are no longer living in "The Land Of Not Enough".  It is imperative that we realize and fully acknowledge that, for it will massively change the way we live our lives and the happiness that we will have in our lives."

                                                           The BuddhaKahuna

See why, below.


The Buddha identifies the source of suffering as "wanting more".  We suffer from always wanting more.  We get what we want and then that is "not enough", so we want more...and then more...and then more... and onward, living in perpetual, unthinking "not enough".  (As important as learning to be happy, one should learn how to avoid the opposite: Suffering And Struggle - The Imaginary And Unnecessary Pain And Battles.)

Indeed, "greed" is a "sin" (a "missing of the mark") because it causes one to suffer, not just because of the moralistic idea of right wrong.  (Know the difference:  Ethics And Morality - One Is "Practical", The Other Is Trying To Be Practical.)

The "happy people" on earth, who suffer little, instead, have a conversation of "this is good enough", "life is good", and "wow, isn't life full of great stuff" and then onward to "life is a miracle"    But ironically they live in South America, often in poverty.  But they have enough.  Enough to eat.  Enough people to be around them to contribute to their lives.  An acceptance (not a resignation or a "tolerance") that part of life is about working in order to get something to eat and a place of shelter and some comfort. 

In contrast, the people who live in the advanced countries are suffering from increasing depression and an overabundance of goods, but a poverty of thought where they believe they are short of things.


But this article is not about things per se, but about the "mental constructs" that we make up in our head such that we create imaginary "shortages" and a poverty of what we want.   After all, in the real, physical world, we have no shortages of basic goods and shelter, but we "feel" otherwise.

What is wrong with that picture?  It sure looks to be ludicrously out of touch with reality. 

Life, and attaining true happiness, is all about developing the wisdom (or accidentally getting it from your culture) of what is "enough" and of what is "good enough".

The reality is that we live in BonusLand, where we have more, by far, than we need to be basically happy, but we don't "see" it. 

I try to get at that elsewhere on the site, but I think that somehow I have not made it explicitly, directly clear. 

I talk of "What I Have, For Sure", so a person can "see" what is in one's world and life.  I call it "seeing what's there" instead of just seeing "what's missing".  Yes, it smacks of the old "a glass is either half full or half empty" - but that quote does not capture the depth of thinking that makes the difference. Read further to "see" the difference.


And, once you think it through and "see it" and "get it", you realize the truth of how we all have more than enough, that we are in BonusLand, and could be as happy as a pig in slop, feeling great, living a life that is a miracle in itself, with miracle capabilities (not superman standards, though!!).  

We are "exalted" (elevated) above all other species, with a quantum leap of greater capabilities, including the greatest computer in the universe.  Yet many of us want to be exalted further, all the way, for some, to the level of being with and like God.  Now, consider that God might have been at this a little longer than you and that you might actually have to take a while to do "eternal progression".  The idea that we are eternally progressing might them apply to everyone, even God, which then might imply that He took a long time and that maybe his spouse is nagging him still because he is taking so long to arrive at the final (unreachable) destination. 


The "other discussion" (greed, more) can always creep in, as is true of all patterns of thought grooved into the brain.  Lennie (our primitive brain) is always looking for another way to do what it "thinks" will preserve the basics of life.   So you'll occasionally need to reinforce the "I'm in BonusLand" conversation.  But remember that all physical pathways, even neuronal ones, eventually fade away from non-use, which means that the "more" and "not enough" conversations will dwindle to nothingness.

Now imagine your life if you were free of the "not enough" conversation and living in the "BonusLand" conversation!


Hopefully you will have "gotten" the basic truth here, so that now you will want to attain the benefits that can be gained.

Many of the "pieces" that contribute to seeing and being able to live in BonusLand are contained in what is called The Reminders Notebook.  Though they might not be seen as part of "the path", they are - they are "paving stones" for the road to believing in what is true and beneficial.  In that notebook, we fill in the necessary material (often copying much on the site and then modifying it to fit our unique ways of thinking) that fits behind the tabs (dividers that can be written on and put in the order of the table of contents provided). 

Fill in the key tabs as soon as you can, such as is suggested in Filling In Your Reminders Notebook Sections - Try This Order, With These Instructions, such as "gratitude", the "positives portfolio", and "my daily grounding summary" (which helps solidify the overall view points).   You will also fill in, if you look at the table of contents for the reminders notebook, "my power life statement", "peace" (based largely on knowing one is in BonusLand), "my values" (which can be seen to be directly attainable and not based on "not enough"), "my commitments in life",  "who I am" (as a "generator", not a "generated upon"), "how I shall live my life", and other foundation solidifying pieces you can pick out from the table of contents.

Work on those pieces in parallel with your readings to learn life much better.  You can follow the various reading sequences provided (linked to from The Paths) and the master sequence called The Only Sure Path To The Greatest Life

[As the "proactive learner", as in Effective Learning, you would survey the above pieces in order to get the overview and an idea of what the worth is of doing each of the pieces of the reminders notebook and of the paths.  While one can get right to the pieces in the Reminders Notebook and gain benefits that rapidly accumulate, one must commit to sufficient hours to complete the journey to having the greatest life - a number of hours will be required but the results will be priceless!!!!]

How much should you read of this?

To really "get" a subject to the point of usability and getting a benefit from it, you must go as deep as you need to - which means you don't stop short - read as many of the related pieces that you need to be "sufficiently knowledgeable."

A version of what this desire for more piece is imbedded in  I Must Be Productive In Life Instead Of Enjoying It - Correcting The Belief,
which is about a fear of not being in heaven at the highest level

Happiness is not just a condition

Happiness is not a condition or something you're lucky enough to happen "to you", but something you generate.  When we finally realize that we are "the generator" of all of the pieces of our life, we are solidly on the path of happiness (not just a path "to" happiness!).  Read and "get"  "I, The Generator - The Paradign Of Source".   In that world, you no longer suffer from being "at effect", at the mercy of circumstances, other people, and what happens to you.  You live with unconditional happiness - regardless of what happens in life.

Defining further

Grateful - Thankful

Appreciation - A usually active process, of recognizing the value of something, often via gratitude.  (To "raise in value")  Also, "to be fully conscious of, detect, be aware of.

Greed and not enough - The opposite of being thankful, diminishing of the value (or not recognizing it) of what one already has. 


Decreasing the value of something

So, if God made you, why would God expect more than you are made for?

God didn't make you "perfect" in all things.  He only made you perfect enough to be able to do what is necessary to survive and to taste richly of joy.

But aren't we greedy if we expect to have joy ALL THE TIME? 

He got us going.  And it is stated that "man is that he might know joy."  He didn't say "man is that he might know suffering and be self sacrificial to his net suffering.  He realized that there was a limit to the negative and that it must not be greater than the positive joy, but never did he say or perhaps even think he could do, that you shouldbe perfectly joyful, 100% of the time.



Even as we age and start to lose parts of some capabilities, we suffer because of our false beliefs, failing to see that we still are way ahead of the game, just not as far as we were before.  But being "ahead of the game" is, still, in my humble opinion, being ahead of the game.  D'ya think?

Perhaps, so you don't "worry" about the future and cause yourself unnecessary "emotional pain" in anticipate, you might read Aging Very Well, Living A Great Life In "Old Age"