Friday, April 08, 2011

G is for Greed

I'm greedy, I freely admit it. I love all the stuff that's bad for me: chocolate in excess, cheese in excess, pasta in ex...you get the idea.

Greed takes many forms and, so I'm told, often leads to corruption. I don't actually think my choco/cheese/pasta/allthingsnice greed is going to lead to corruption, at least I hope not, but greed for money and power will.

I live in a country that's on the verge of bankruptcy. Strange that, considering:
a) the mammoth salaries many national CEOs are taking home,
b) the Rich List that grows ever larger whenever the country receives European funds for "needy" projects,
c) the politician whose whole family, including unborn child and three hundred year-old resurrected great-grandmama, rake in astronomical amounts for not-doing-much-at-all in the public sector. 

And we need a bail-out? Don't make me laugh. Jeez...

OK. Rant's over. Just give me a moment to get my breath and wipe my brow and we'll go onto a great theme for literature.

Greed.
What's the first book that comes to mind when you think of that word? Lord of the Rings. Yep, there's greed in there alright gollum. The Pearl by John Steinbeck. Oh boy, talk about corruption and survival, just my sort of themes. In fact most of John Steinbeck's novels revolve around greed. I think he was making a point, don't you?

Greed raises its ugly head in many fairy stories, especially those by the Brothers Grimm. Have you ever read, The Fisherman and his Wife ? You probably have which means until half an hour ago I was the only person in the world who hadn't.  

Tell me, my lovely followers, what are you reading at the moment - and does it have greed in it?

Writers and authors - are you working on a WIP? Is there any greed in it? If not, perhaps there should be.