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Greed can drive people to do bad things. Greed has a powerful influence over our national penchant for life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, particularly as it involves our fondness for money, food, love, power, and sex.

The love of money can not only be harmful to oneself, but to others as well. Money rules our world. This planet revolves around money as sure as it revolves around the sun. If no one had money, then perhaps we would all be equal. Greed drives us further apart; it creates a caste system with the industrialized nations at the top, and the second, third and fourth world nations occupying the lesser orders. In short, it's a system that destroys the very values we pretend to honor, if not fully observe. Greed is one of the few forces strong enough to tear apart such a highly developed society as ours.

Greed expresses itself in many different ways, as in the matter of love --- a very strong emotion which often proves most difficult to invest in the object of its affection.

Some people confuse sex with love. Greed may well affect one's pursuit of either, but they are two entirely different "goals". Greed for love is not always easy to find, but it is out there. Many people have greed for love because they did not receive enough love when they were younger. People try so hard to find love that it becomes an obsession; they look everywhere for it, and when they finally find love, it's still not good enough. That is when greed steps in. Greed drives people to do bad things. Things like cheating on someone who loves you very much. Greed for the perfect love can sometimes blind you from seeing or appreciating the ones around you...