Greedy. Avarice. Covetousness. Miserliness. Insatiable cupidity. Overreaching ambition. wish spun uncontrolled. The lethal sin of Greed is going via many names, appears to be like in lots of guises, and wreaks havoc on participants and international locations alike.
In this full of life and beneficiant publication, Phyllis A. Tickle argues that Greed is "the Matriarch of the lethal Clan," the final word resource of delight, Envy, Sloth, Gluttony, Lust, and Anger. She indicates that the key faiths, from Hinduism and Taoism to Buddhism and Christianity regard Greed because the maximum calamity people can bask in, engendering additional sins and eviscerating all virtues. because the Sikh holy e-book Adi Granth asks: "Where there's greed, what love can there be?" Tickle takes an extended view of Greed, from St. Paul to the current, focusing quite on altering resourceful representations of Greed in Western literature and paintings. such works because the Psychomachia, or "Soul conflict" of the fifth-century poet Aurelius Clemens Prudentius, the work of Peter Bruegel and Hieronymous Bosch, the 1987 movie Wall Street, and the modern Italian artist Mario Donizetti, Tickle indicates how our perceptions have advanced from the medieval realizing of Greed as a non secular enemy to a nineteenth-century sociological build to an early twentieth-century mental deficiency, and at last to a brand new view, powerfully articulated in Donizetti's mystical work, of Greed as either tragic and beautiful.
Engaging, witty, brilliantly insightful, Greed explores the total diversity of this lethal sin's sophisticated, chameleon-like characteristics, and the big harmful strength it wields, evidenced all too in actual fact on this planet today.