Greed is in every one of us.
Greed is a human thing, I think. You don't see a King Squirrel out in nature, forcing all the other squirrels to work for peanuts, while the King gets to enjoy the fruits of the servant squirrels. Animals just don't hoard the way humans do. I am not advocating for a society where everyone gets equal amounts, but I am advocating for rich people to examine their greed and make some modifications. I think decentralization and crypto are the tools to make this change, but I do see some repeating greed patterns even in crypto. I see just as much if not more wealth hoarding in crypto. Luckily, in Planet Steem, we have SP, which helps us balance our own greed, as we get to see how our votes make a difference in other people's lives. Thanks Dan, for thinking of this, it's the primary tool that can bring about a revolution.
Some people are excessively greedy, while others are excessively giving. It's a strange thing to discover this kind of diversity in human nature.
I think our culture idolizes greedy people. But what is greed?
It's a bit taboo to admit the truth about your greed. I have greed in me, I recognize it. But I will be honest here, I have never wanted to be filthy rich, mainly because I was given everything I needed as a child. I had a very comfortable upbringing and never had any struggles of a financial kind.
Being an early adopter has allowed my account to grow in ways that I would think unimaginable. I was greedy in the beginning, it's true. I was posting 2 times a day like my life depended on it. That first summer when I found Steemit and my posts were trending all the time, I was in a state of disbelief.
I kept asking myself, "How can this be real?"
I acted out of fear of it running out, as I continued making posts....about everything. Fear of the money running out was the fuel that propelled me to blog and be on this platform ALL THE FREAKING TIME. Because running out of money meant that I would have to go back to working at corporations, the dreaded 9-5 jobs that I struggled for a decade to get out of.
This is what I feared that I would have to return to: crappy bosses...I made this video when I still had a job, and I was humiliated constantly at the dealership where I sold cars:
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I saw this as winning the lottery, as I had been a blogger, writer and artist for most of my adult life, literally making pennies from YouTube, Amazon and my own blog. My weird sense of humor just didn't get clicks. And a lot of my stuff was too intellectual as well, which required people to read......haha....that kind of content was just too complex, and didn't generate ad clicks, because what i was making was not click bait.
But back to the greed.
I started to notice my hoarding tendency emerging once i started making decent money here. I wanted more. I thought that if I could make more, I'd never run out of money. It was like fear began to replace the joy. Fear of losing it all began to take over. I think this is a natural thing that happens, and that I have to be careful about.
I noticed I was getting complacent too. This is also a problem. Growth stops when complacency comes to bed.
What I am trying to say is this: I am greedy but I have found ways to manage it. I found the abundance gene within me, and when i start to notice my greedy and fearful side emerge, I look for people to give SP to. I am actually doing for myself, as a balancing act........this is why I don't think of myself as generous. If you just could understand that I am getting addicted to giving, you would also understand that I am not an angel. I am learning to balance my greed, that's all.
I have become addicted to giving, and Steem has given me the tools to indulge in this new addiction. People think of me as a "generous person" because I talk about the Gift Economy and I do give out my SP freely. But to be honest, I am not as giving, or as generous as others like @steem4depoor or @ackza. They are really unselfish in their approach.
The reality is that I am not a very sentimental person. I am cloaked in numbness, and greed. When I find people who are unselfish, I feel compelled to help them because I know they are better than me. Also, I am addicted to the feeling I get when I give out my SP to people who really need it. But it's the feeling that I am addicted to.
I do want to change the world in radical ways. No, I don't want a lambo, but I keep having a recurring fantasy of me driving my own Tesla, and being ripped........I sometimes feel I am meant to buy a castle and have a group of creative people live in the castle with me. I imagine these things a lot. I think they are possible.
It was dreaming that got me this far, and now I have to dream bigger....
The biggest mistake people make is not being themselves, and trying to copy someone else. My best advice to you is to treat Planet Steem like it was a company you owned. How will you bring value to your own company? What unique skills do you have to add to it? That's what you need to ask yourself.
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