Originally Posted by MiddleAgedAl
Sorry, I didnt create an argument. The premise of the video is that "greed can be good". You responded before me to refute that notion, all the while owning a costly example of material excess that makes any anti-greed position ring hollow. In fact, other posters pointed out this discrepancy before I did. I guess they are crazy too?
I know and accept who I am, and I am at peace with it. I do not pretend to be anything else. How that makes me delusional, I'm not sure.
You may dislike my reference of accepted, standardized definitions for words. I did not construct these definitions.
If a word that could be used to define you is in conflict with the image of yourself that you wish to present to others, shooting the messenger, or disputing the actual definition of the word does not a compelling argument make.
I am trying to point out, as others have in this thread, that people (such as you and I) who own such expensive examples of automotive excess have no justification disparaging the greed of others, especially in a sanctimonius way.
If you feel strongly that the message in the original Donahue video is harmful, fair enough, I respect that. Why not put your money where your mouth is, sell the car, get something else, and donate the difference. Otherwise, the hypocrisy suggests that your true feelings, and what you want others to believe about you, are not the same. It does nothing to support the message that greed is bad. You may not like my stated beliefs, but you'll be hard pressed to find me acting in a way that disagrees with them.
It's like when Obama claims Romney is an enemy of the disadvantaged, and yet Obama has donated a smaller amount to charity than Romney (both as a percentage of his income, and in raw dollars).
Not sure why liberals have such a hard time putting their money where their mouth is.
My first post in this thread was #7. My second post was #10. Number 12 followed. You felt compelled to get my attention after #12 because you're still disgruntled about a different subject we discussed in a different thread. Come clean. There were more provocative opinions posted prior to mine yet you used your bizarre logic to drum up a discussion. No healthy-minded, logical adult would assume because I or anyone else who drives a specific car, is greedy by nature. What proof do you have? I gave you an example of greed in my homeless man scenario but, in true fashion, you ignored it because you over-think very simple subjects. You're greedy. You're defending a man worth $200 million dollars who was born with a silver spoon up his ass. Rmoney's net worth is on par with Tonga's GDP! How can Rmoney identify with the common man or woman? What about his quote about how his wife, Ann, drives a couple of Caddies? That's greed. Why does he maintain offshore accounts?
You have no clue, like with all of your recent arguments, as to what the act of greed entails. Give back? Please. I traveled to 15 countries doing all sorts of humanitarian efforts with folks while protecting my nation. You think just because you donate a buck to an African baby while picking up a muffin at Whole Foods qualifies you as an ambassador for volunteerism? FOH. Speak for yourself. Everything I've obtained, which really isn't much, was because of my effort and wasn't because I was greedy or exploited someone or SOMETHING for my own personal gain.