Wow. It seems as if last week’s article caused quite a stir amongst the more fiscally leftist set here at Blogcritics. I am sorry that I was unable to respond to my readers’ comments on an individual basis, but as I often say in many of my articles, my daily schedule is rather full outside of my column.
When I finally got the chance to read some of what was said, though, the thought occurred to me that many who read my piece simply did not understand my underlying point: that the desire for wealth, whether it be in either or both of the material or non-material forms, is not a negative feeling, but a positive one. Rational greed can only be described as the deep, ceaseless yearning for personal improvement at virtually every level and should not be ignored, but considered and acted upon in a manner consistent with the universal non-aggression principle. Ultimately, if pursued in the correct fashion, one’s greed should lead him or her to true happiness and fulfillment in life. It is the denial of that which makes one happy that will undoubtedly lead to mental, psychological, and quite possibly, physical turmoil.
That being said, I strongly recommend that those who are still in total disagreement with my ideas on this matter consider the following; say there is an apple farmer who has had a failing crop for the past few seasons. Many of the other farmers in his community are in the same boat, and there appears to be no hope on the horizon. However, one day he discovers a genetically modified seed that is capable of withstanding the harsh climate which his orchards are currently experiencing. Exactly how he discovers the seed is unimportant; but when faced with the choice of sharing his finding with his friends and neighbors, which would most certainly help them out of their respective hard times, or keeping it to himself, he opts to do the latter. Why? Because if he does so, then he will have the only successful apple growing operation in the vicinity and be able to take full advantage of the supply and demand model of economics. Once this is done, he and his loved ones will return to the comfortable standard of living which they once knew and all will be well for them. This is an example of rational greed in action and how it can better the lives of those who choose to implement it.
If, by now, any of my readers still do not have a fairly basic understanding of where I am coming from on the concept of rational greed (or perhaps, as some might choose to describe it, the virtue of selfishness), then they probably never will and simply cannot understand why so many people in our society are audacious enough to object to having their income taxes being raised in order to provide for the “common good”.
Oh, well. Logic and reason simply are not everyone’s cup of tea, I suppose.