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kessy-athena Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Personally I think that the driving emotion is more fear than greed.  Before Wall Street can convince the public to go along with a pointless war the public has to be willing to be convinced that it's worth turning the world upside down to hunt down a few crazy people with bombs when you're orders of magnitude more likely to be killed by your car than all the world's terrorists put together.
paradigm-shifting Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2017  Professional General Artist
Things like greed are always symptoms of fear, it is just that most people do not realize it. If someone feels so unsafe and insecure that the feel that in order to have any sense of safety that they feel that they quite literally need to control everything and everyone on every level -- thats the severely traumatized world we live in today. And not just the would-be elites, either. Most within the truth and spiritual movements act with the same altruistic overcompensation to cover over deep seeded feelings of worthlessness and uselessness. Feeling like the world is such a threat to our own existence that we attack people who are different, both in word and action. We insist that everyone must understand and accept us, while utterly refusing to be understanding or accepting. Collectively, society's combined mental age is about that of a 4 year old.
kessy-athena Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
There's a lot of truth in what you're saying here.  However my original statement was really only about the politics driving the war on terror, which I do think is more about ordinary people being afraid that terrorists are going to get them than about big defense industry companies pushing for more contracts.  (Not that that isn't a factor, but yanno compared to something like Vietnam or even just the Cold War in general TWAT is relatively small potatoes.)  Humans tend to be pretty bad at realistically accessing risk in today's world.  Lots of people freak out because they see a terrorist attack on TV that maybe kills a dozen or two people, when the reality is that they're orders of magnitude more likely to be killed by their car than all the world's terrorists put together.

I agree that there is often an element of fear in greed, but I think there are other emotions at play as well.  It seems to me that the fearful component of greed is often about social status, and, as you said, the fear of being unworthy and useless.  But competing for social status is, I think, something that's pretty deeply seated in human nature and is something we always tend to do as an end unto itself, not just out of fear.  And with greed I think there's also a certain amount of... actually I'm not entirely sure how to explain it.  Sort of doing something because that's what you think you're supposed to do?  A lot of people define being successful at life as making money, and greed just becomes the logical conclusion of that.  Almost like the mentality in certain games, like how some people spend endless hours getting their World of Warcraft character to absurdly high levels just for the sake of doing it.  I'm not sure if I'm making myself clear.

To be honest this idea of control is something that's always really puzzled me.  I mean I think I pretty much understand the psychology of it, but this idea of somehow controlling the world is just foreign to me.  The world is what it is and it does what it does, whether we humans like it or not.  Uncertainty is inherent in everything.  Even in something simple like driving a nail.  Even if you're really good at it, there's still always a chance you're going to hit the head a little wrong or the point's going to hit a hidden knot or something and the nail will bend over.  It happens.  That's life.  And people thinking they can control life... to me that seems like someone who thinks they can control big cats with a chair and a whip.  Even the best trained cats will sometimes kill a handler.  It just seems like a strange mindset to me.
ZED-EYE Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Because the last thing we want to hear is a wailing psycho.  la tantrum 
paradigm-shifting Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2017  Professional General Artist
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