January 13, 2017
Can money and power ever
make us happy?
How much is enough?
Our constant desire for more is
part of our human nature.
But is greed getting the better of us?
Find out in 'GREED - A FATAL
From Buddhists and bankers to Eskimos and psychologists,
we explore the phenomenon of
with people from all walks of
How can it be defined?
What makes us greedy?
And what are the repercussions?
People like to have a lot of stuff
because it gives them the
feeling of "living forever,"
says American social
psychologist Sheldon Solomon.
He thinks we have to come to
with our own mortality before
we can break the cycle.
Are there other ways
to feel happy and content?
Can we simply stop being greedy
by changing the way we think?
Greed - A Fatal Desire
It's one of the seven deadly sins, and it seems to be an
integral component of human nature.
It could also serve
as the gateway to moral bankruptcy and the trigger for global
devastation. What drives our thirst for more, what is its impact
on our personal sense of peace and the state of the world, and
is it a behavior that can ever be unlearned?
Greed: A Fatal
Desire addresses all of these key concerns with probing
There are several theories as to why the human species might
harbor greedy tendencies.
Most of the film's
narrative is driven by the teachings of Sheldon Solomon,
a social psychologist who believes that greed is a reaction to
our inherent fear of death, and that each new material
possession represents a means of stalling this inevitability.
As long as we need,
we live. In this age of ego - where the needs of the individual
trump all else - our self-esteem is often defined by the things
In part, this instinct can ensure survival and achievement.
But when our quest
for more power, possessions, and attention comes at the cost of
others, this behavior can cripple individual, communal and
The class divide
widens, and an acceptable quality of life becomes unattainable
for far too many citizens of the world.
In reality, of course, money and possessions do not result in
immortality; they're temporary rewards that can easily enslave
us. The things that really matter - family, love, compassion,
and harmony with our natural environment - transcend the notion
of power and status.
It is through them
that we can achieve true peace and contentment. The film
concludes on a hopeful note by urging us to raise our level of
self-awareness and recalibrate our priorities for the benefit of
The film features an assortment of voices from each end of the
spectrum, including medical experts, sociologists, religious
figures, and those who proudly defend their drive to achieve
greater wealth and material comforts.
Told in two parts, Greed: A Fatal Desire dives into the
most basic building blocks of human nature.
It will likely be a
rewarding, revelatory journey for many viewers.