The 21st Century is an era of greed. Do you agree?

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Mention the word "greed" or any of its synonyms, and one is likely to receive many a disdainful stares. It is listed as one of the seven deadly sins in the Catholic doctrines and yet, virtually every single person that inhabits this planet is guilty of it. Greed drives desire, desire turns to envy, and envy leads to the failure to appreciate and hold dear what one possesses. In the modern age of the 21st Century, the above statement seems so much more accurate and true. The insatiable hunger for success and the unquenchable thirst for supremacy transform many of us into slaves of our desires, fuelled by greed and its associates. In more ways than one, greed is fast emerging to be the prime reason for every single thing we do, and it is not hard to see why.

Living in today's globalised world feels challenging, even confusing at times, with distance no longer a reliable indicator of our involvements in the world.

Some of our closest business ties may be stretched out over thousands of miles, and remain connected courtesy of a vast network that spans the entire globe. The massive business sector is so competitive that the fear of being left behind by the rapidly-changing faces of commerce leads many multinational organizations to expand and outsource. A prime example is the world's largest software firm, Microsoft. Under the committed leadership of Bill Gates, the world's wealthiest living person, the company successfully transformed itself from a corporation with only 11 employees to an international computer technology corporation that boasts over sixty-thousand employees and global annual sales of approximately forty-billion US dollars. The competitive nature of today's economy make it imperative for everybody to be on their toes, ready to market the next Mickey Mouse doll or the latest...