The science of greed | Paul K. Piff | TEDxMarin

The science of greed | Paul K. Piff | TEDxMarin


Translator: Ivana Korom
Reviewer: Camille Martínez It’s really an honor
to be at such a distinguished gathering and to have the opportunity
to talk to you about some of my research. I want you to, for a moment, think about playing a game of Monopoly. Except in this game,
that combination of skill, talent and luck that helped earn you success
in games, as in life, has been rendered irrelevant, because this game’s been rigged, and you’ve got the upper hand. You’ve got more money, more opportunities to move
around the board, and more access to resources. And as you think about that experience, I want you to ask yourself: How might that experience of being
a privileged player in a rigged game change the way you think about yourself and regard that other player? So, we ran a study
on the UC Berkeley campus to look at exactly that question. We brought in more than 100 pairs
of strangers into the lab, and with the flip of a coin, randomly assigned one of the two
to be a rich player in a rigged game. They got two times as much money; when they passed Go,
they collected twice the salary; and they got to roll
both dice instead of one, so they got to move
around the board a lot more. (Laughter) And over the course of 15 minutes, we watched through
hidden cameras what happened. What I want to do today,
for the first time, is show you a little bit of what we saw. You’ll to have to pardon
the sound quality, because again, these were hidden cameras. So we’ve provided subtitles. [Video] Rich Player: How many
500s did you have? Poor Player: Just one. RP: Are you serious?
PP: Yeah. RP: I have three. (Laughs)
I don’t know why they gave me so much. Paul Piff: So it was quickly apparent
to players that something was up. One person clearly has
a lot more money than the other person, and yet, as the game unfolded, we saw very notable differences,
dramatic differences begin to emerge between the two players. The rich player started to move
around the board louder, literally smacking the board
with the piece as he went around. (Game piece smacks board) We were more likely
to see signs of dominance and nonverbal signs, displays of power and celebration among the rich players. We had a bowl of pretzels
positioned off to the side. It’s on the bottom right corner. That allowed us to watch
participants’ consummatory behavior. So we’re just tracking
how many pretzels participants eat. [Video] RP: Are those pretzels a trick? PP: I don’t know. Paul Piff: OK, so no surprises,
people are on to us. They wonder what that bowl of pretzels
is doing there in the first place. One even asks, like you just saw, “Is that bowl of pretzels
there as a trick?” And yet, despite that,
the power of the situation seems to inevitably dominate, and those rich players
start to eat more pretzels. (Laughter) [Video] RP: I love pretzels. (Laughter) Paul Piff: And as the game went on, one of the really interesting
and dramatic patterns that we observed begin to emerge was that the rich players
actually started to become ruder toward the other person — less and less sensitive to the plight
of those poor, poor players, and more and more demonstrative
of their material success, more likely to showcase
how well they’re doing. [Video] RP: I have money … (Laughs) I have money for everything. PP: How much is that? RP: You owe me 24 dollars. You’re going to lose all your money soon. I’ll buy it. I have so much money. I have so much money, it takes me forever. RP 2: I’m going
to buy out this whole board. RP 3: You’re going
to run out of money soon. I’m pretty much untouchable at this point. (Laughter) Paul Piff: And here’s what I think
was really, really interesting: it’s that, at the end of the 15 minutes, we asked the players to talk
about their experience during the game. And when the rich players talked
about why they had inevitably won in this rigged game of Monopoly … (Laughter) They talked about what they’d done
to buy those different properties and earn their success in the game. (Laughter) And they became far less attuned to all those different
features of the situation — including that flip of a coin — that had randomly gotten them
into that privileged position in the first place. And that’s a really,
really incredible insight into how the mind
makes sense of advantage. Now, this game of Monopoly can be used as a metaphor for understanding society
and its hierarchical structure, wherein some people
have a lot of wealth and a lot of status, and a lot of people don’t; they have a lot less wealth
and a lot less status and a lot less access to valued resources. And what my colleagues and I
for the last seven years have been doing is studying the effects
of these kinds of hierarchies. What we’ve been finding
across dozens of studies and thousands of participants
across this country is that as a person’s levels
of wealth increase, their feelings of compassion
and empathy go down, and their feelings of entitlement,
of deservingness, and their ideology
of self-interest increase. In surveys, we’ve found that it’s actually wealthier individuals
who are more likely to moralize greed being good, and that the pursuit of self-interest
is favorable and moral. Now, what I want to do today
is talk about some of the implications of this ideology self-interest, talk about why we should
care about those implications, and end with what might be done. Some of the first studies
that we ran in this area looked at helping behavior, something social psychologists
call “pro-social behavior.” And we were really interested in who’s more likely
to offer help to another person: someone who’s rich or someone who’s poor. In one of the studies, we bring rich and poor members
of the community into the lab, and give each of them
the equivalent of 10 dollars. We told the participants they could keep
these 10 dollars for themselves, or they could share
a portion of it, if they wanted to, with a stranger, who’s totally anonymous. They’ll never meet that stranger;
the stranger will never meet them. And we just monitor how much people give. Individuals who made 25,000,
sometimes under 15,000 dollars a year, gave 44 percent more
of their money to the stranger than did individuals making
150,000, 200,000 dollars a year. We’ve had people play games to see who’s more or less likely to cheat to increase their chances
of winning a prize. In one of the games,
we actually rigged a computer so that die rolls over a certain score
were impossible — You couldn’t get above 12
in this game, and yet … the richer you were, the more likely
you were to cheat in this game to earn credits toward a $50 cash prize — sometimes by three to four times as much. We ran another study where we looked at whether people
would be inclined to take candy from a jar of candy
that we explicitly identified as being reserved for children — (Laughter) Participating – I’m not kidding — I know it sounds
like I’m making a joke. We explicitly told participants: “This candy is for children participating
in a developmental lab nearby. They’re in studies. This is for them.” And we just monitored
how much candy participants took. Participants who felt rich
took two times as much candy as participants who felt poor. We’ve even studied cars. Not just any cars, but whether drivers
of different kinds of cars are more or less inclined
to break the law. In one of these studies, we looked at whether drivers
would stop for a pedestrian that we had posed waiting
to cross at a crosswalk. Now in California, as you all know, because I’m sure we all do this, it’s the law to stop for a pedestrian
who’s waiting to cross. So here’s an example of how we did it. That’s our confederate off to the left,
posing as a pedestrian. He approaches as the red truck
successfully stops. In typical California fashion, it’s overtaken by the bus
who almost runs our pedestrian over. (Laughter) Now here’s an example
of a more expensive car, a Prius, driving through,
and a BMW doing the same. So we did this for hundreds of vehicles on several days, just tracking who stops and who doesn’t. What we found was as the expensiveness
of a car increased … (Laughter) the drivers’ tendencies
to break the law increased as well. None of the cars — none of the cars — in our least expensive car category broke the law. Close to 50 percent of the cars
in our most expensive vehicle category broke the law. We’ve run other studies, finding that wealthier individuals
are more likely to lie in negotiations, to endorse unethical behavior at work, like stealing cash from the cash register, taking bribes, lying to customers. Now, I don’t mean to suggest that it’s only wealthy people
who show these patterns of behavior. Not at all — in fact,
I think that we all, in our day-to-day, minute-by-minute lives, struggle with these competing motivations of when or if to put our own interests
above the interests of other people. And that’s understandable, because the American dream is an idea in which we all have an equal opportunity
to succeed and prosper, as long as we apply
ourselves and work hard. And a piece of that means that sometimes, you need to put your own interests above the interests and well-being
of other people around you. But what we’re finding
is that the wealthier you are, the more likely you are to pursue
a vision of personal success, of achievement and accomplishment, to the detriment of others around you. Here I’ve plotted for you
the mean household income received by each fifth
and top five percent of the population over the last 20 years. In 1993, the differences between the different
quintiles of the population, in terms of income, are fairly egregious. It’s not difficult to discern
that there are differences. But over the last 20 years,
that significant difference has become a Grand Canyon of sorts between those at the top
and everyone else. In fact, the top 20 percent
of our population own close to 90 percent
of the total wealth in this country. We’re at unprecedented levels
of economic inequality. What that means is that wealth is not only
becoming increasingly concentrated in the hands of a select group
of individuals, but the American dream
is becoming increasingly unattainable for an increasing majority of us. And if it’s the case,
as we’ve been finding, that the wealthier you are, the more entitled you feel to that wealth, and the more likely you are
to prioritize your own interests above the interests of other people, and be willing to do things
to serve that self-interest, well, then, there’s no reason to think
that those patterns will change. In fact, there’s every reason
to think that they’ll only get worse, and that’s what it would look like
if things just stayed the same, at the same linear rate,
over the next 20 years. Now inequality — economic inequality — is something we should
all be concerned about, and not just because of those
at the bottom of the social hierarchy, but because individuals and groups with lots of economic
inequality do worse … not just the people
at the bottom, everyone. There’s a lot of really
compelling research coming out from top labs
all over the world, showcasing the range of things
that are undermined as economic inequality gets worse. Social mobility,
things we really care about, physical health, social trust, all go down as inequality goes up. Similarly, negative things
in social collectives and societies, things like obesity, and violence, imprisonment, and punishment, are exacerbated as economic
inequality increases. Again, these are outcomes
not just experienced by a few, but that resound
across all strata of society. Even people at the top
experience these outcomes. So what do we do? This cascade of self-perpetuating, pernicious, negative effects could seem like something
that’s spun out of control, and there’s nothing we can do about it, certainly nothing
we as individuals could do. But in fact, we’ve been finding
in our own laboratory research that small psychological interventions, small changes to people’s values, small nudges in certain directions, can restore levels
of egalitarianism and empathy. For instance, reminding people
of the benefits of cooperation or the advantages of community, cause wealthier individuals
to be just as egalitarian as poor people. In one study, we had people watch
a brief video, just 46 seconds long, about childhood poverty that served as a reminder of the needs
of others in the world around them. And after watching that, we looked at how willing people
were to offer up their own time to a stranger presented to them
in the lab, who was in distress. After watching this video, an hour later, rich people became
just as generous of their own time to help out this other person, a stranger, as someone who’s poor, suggesting that these differences
are not innate or categorical, but are so malleable
to slight changes in people’s values, and little nudges of compassion
and bumps of empathy. And beyond the walls of our lab, we’re even beginning to see
signs of change in society. Bill Gates, one of our nation’s
wealthiest individuals, in his Harvard commencement speech, talked about the problem
of inequality facing society as being the most daunting challenge, and talked about what must
be done to combat it, saying, “Humanity’s greatest advances
are not in its discoveries — but in how those discoveries are applied to reduce inequity.” And there’s the Giving Pledge, in which more than 100
of our nation’s wealthiest individuals are pledging half
of their fortunes to charity. And there’s the emergence of dozens
of grassroots movements, like “We are the 1 percent,” “Resource Generation,” or “Wealth for Common Good,” in which the most privileged
members of the population, members of the one percent and elsewhere, people who are wealthy, are using their own economic resources, adults and youth alike —
that’s what’s most striking to me — leveraging their own privilege,
their own economic resources, to combat inequality by advocating for social policies, changes in social values and changes in people’s behavior that work against
their own economic interests, but that may ultimately
restore the American dream. Thank you. (Applause)

86 Comments

  1. m1force says:

    pfft..  I've seen and read about the psychological effects of money before.  These researchers are better at getting data then drawing accurate or insightful conclusions.  Think deeply about what this guy is saying…  about the research.  Then think deeply about what your mind is saying..  Why do people believe in engineering people?  It's perverted.  Thanks for the data, but I'll draw my own conclusions.

  2. Dianne Hicks says:

    Interesting but not surprising in the least…. personally I would prefer to start a revolution to boycott the massive companies and support small, local businesses… this would bring back a sense of community and distribute the earth and power

  3. Dianne Hicks says:

    Cont… distribute the wealth and power while continuing social awareness…. this is only to help restore and balance power of the people. Simple example… you brought Gates… he still supports GMO's… the bigger companies are still controlling and buying power than I would suggest does NOT represent the majority of the people!'!

  4. Dianne Hicks says:

    Cont comment… by continuing social awareness you accomplish the same results but what is neglected to be addressed here is with that money has also an association with both control and ability to purchase power decisions that do not represent the majority of the people!!! Support your smaller and local businesses and you will start seeing a shift in both social issues and redistribute power to the people which hopefully would reflect a greater sense of balance in decisions made for the people!

  5. Fuk Yoo says:

    The moral of this story is that William Henry Gates III is a beautiful person who holds the key to a bright future for humanity. Why ruin an excellent presentation by bringing Bill Gates into it? Bill Gates hasn't donated anything to charity, he has protected his wealth by depositing it in a tax exempt fund that he uses to further the globalist agendas of depopulation and control (vaccines and GMO). If I made you a sandwich that consisted of 95% ham and 5% shit, would you be willing to call that anything but a shit sandwich? 'Dr.' Piff just served you a shit sandwich (made with genetically modified bread). Don't eat it.

  6. Keyvan Geula says:

    In a letter addressed to Queen Victoria over a century ago, and employing an analogy that points to the one model holding convincing promise for the organization of a planetary society, Bahá'u'lláh compared the world to the human body. There is, indeed, no other model in phenomenal existence to which we can reasonably look. Human society is composed not of a mass of merely differentiated cells but of associations of individuals, each one of whom is endowed with intelligence and will; nevertheless, the modes of operation that characterize man's biological nature illustrate fundamental principles of existence. Chief among these is that of unity in diversity. Paradoxically, it is precisely the wholeness and complexity of the order constituting the human body — and the perfect integration into it of the body's cells — that permit the full realization of the distinctive capacities inherent in each of these component elements. No cell lives apart from the body, whether in contributing to its functioning or in deriving its share from the well-being of the whole. The physical well-being thus achieved finds its purpose in making possible the expression of human consciousness; that is to say, the purpose of biological development transcends the mere existence of the body and its parts. Prosperity of Humankind

  7. Jeff Rosenbury says:

    So frequent reminders of compassion help people to work together better. 

    I guess that hour on sunday morning serves more than one purpose.

  8. Buunxx says:

    Wow, that was an awesome talk 😀 just a side question – is this guy high as fuck? 😀 his eyes seem really red

  9. Psyolopher says:

    One thing to remember is that no one is completely greedy/selfish or completely compassionate etc.
    We're all a mix of both to various degrees. 🙂

  10. Conan says:

    Can anyone link me to some studies that prove humans are self centered and evil by nature? I know everyone likes to think otherwise but I know for a fact that humans are evil. If they where not they would not cause suffering on a daily basis. So, can anyone link me to some studies, having a hard time finding them, which is odd, must be censored or not published as well.

  11. GoodTimeTraveler says:

    Greed & hypocrisy?  Welcome to the brain of the liberal…

  12. Lisa Says says:

    It's a good thing linearity (if that's a word….) doesn't exist in nature; straight lines, constants, etcetera. We may like to think they exist, they can or they should – and attitudes may be fixed in a belief that constancy exists, can exist or should – but anyone who thinks that will suffer when they realize that life doesn't work that way.

  13. Miklós Platthy says:

    Good talk until the point where he talks about solutions… however if the game is rigged and we have to rely on egalitarian virtues then I'm afraid we'll be waiting a long friggen time! Why not instead change the structure so that the 'game' is no longer rigged!? 😛

  14. Walter Peretiatko says:

    This is why religion and its moral values needs to be heightened and encouraged.

  15. Rey Gold Evans says:

    excellent concept

  16. Bernadette Warman says:

    Can this be considered in White entitlement and Black Poverty

  17. Oswald Rayleigh says:

    thank you, now I understand, the monopoly game in the video is rigged by human, and after the game the winner talk about himself or herself of the victory rather than suspicious about the situation,

    then I think for a moment that is how understand human life, the world is rigged by God, and then God order human to share to each other….then you can see human talk about himself or herself about their success how their effort and strategy to get that…extremely rare that human who get their success become suspicious that the world is rigged by God…

  18. Royce Chaffey says:

    Yeah all good but instead of comparing rich and poor compare smart and stupid then see what happens??

  19. Bearing Good Gifts says:

    Great video, thanks for sharing. To share a thought of my own, all people should already know about the science of greed, we can see if we look and many of us have heard it in the Gospels. The Gospels and Ten Commandments match the findings in this video point for point. It's a case of scientific reality matching Christian reality; they lend validation to each other. Thanks Paul for the presentation and and the hard work that went into it.

  20. Norseman says:

    it's all in the science. 12:08

  21. James Harrison says:

    what a bunch of communist bullshît.

  22. Hannah Hennig says:

    I believe we have to ultimately dissolve the money system. It is a system of slavery, not only for the poor but for the minds of the rich. The money system breeds a mentality of want and greed. It is the breeding ground for inhumanity toward nature and animals, and inherently denies community and compassion.

  23. Jennifer Isaacs says:

    The odd thing about the hierarchy power trap is when a poorer person gets wealthy financially absolute power corrupts absolutely likely. Then if a person is charitable for efforts of selflessness it makes them happier ….giving has another scientific study on that.

    I think some that have addictions get very greedy and miserable. It is an ancient battle with that King Midas golden touch in over use.

  24. Old Bob says:

    Once he mentioned Bill Gates I took Piff's alternatives as BS. Otherwise he was spot on.

  25. Agnes Agnes says:

    Donald J Trump should watch this

  26. truthsout says:

    Don't quote bill Gates to us. He is the new Hitler.

  27. Leah DiGiallonardo says:

    there is a short story in the Bible that Jesus himself taught about a rich man in this life who had all, he died and went to hell… but the lack of empathy that he showed to a beggar, who had it bad his whole life, this beggar went to heaven. the word of the Lord.

  28. realdemocracy11 says:

    Richard Wilkinson's Ted talk is a must see if you liked this talk.

  29. Fivve 파이브 says:

    Absolutely LOVED this! It made me want to learn Psychology again.

  30. garrett tedeman says:

    Ladies & Gentlemen, this is Attribution Bias 101 — But, what a great way to illustrate how it works.

  31. Jacque's Movies says:

    One day our country would get so poor. We poor people will be sharing everything with one another. We will grow our own crops by using robots and get free energy by using solar panals. Maybe we will provide our own little economy in the large unfair economy.
    Our country would get so poor. Rich people will have nothing to buy except be treated like royalty.

  32. Bita Asakura Enayati says:

    Nice one! Thank you for sharing. What should we do with our bottomless greed? We can discuss on skype at BitaAsakura.

  33. Joe V says:

    What if morals and ethics were invented by rich people to trick poor people into staying poor while the rich continue to get richer.

  34. Robert Infinger says:

    Interesting. With the car example, I wonder if bias was input into the experimental design. I noticed on each of the video examples you gave less time for the driver to stop for expensive cars, and more time for the little red pickup. Hopefully this was not the case in all of your duts (drivers under test 🙂 ). Perhaps one needed to ensure a minimum safe stopping distance before stepping out from behind the poles and onto the crosswalk. That trend is pretty amazing though.

  35. Robert Infinger says:

    And one more thought… Jesus throws a wrench into this whole thing. The rich (truly under Jesus) know that riches are given for the purpose of helping others. Great condemnation is spoken for those that take advantage of the poor and helpless.
    Love that Jesus guy..

  36. Raphael Gomez says:

    This is the biggest piece of crap video I have ever seen. Sounds like you are trying to start a war.When a person becomes wealthy through their own hard work, their attitudes are totally different. You are merely describing a spoiled brat, and we all know how they behave. You sound like the kind of person who gets grant money to tell people what is obvious. What liberal government agency funded you?

  37. paul mryglod says:

    this speaks to the potential of every person to be changed by circumstances for better or worse

  38. Caroleeena says:

    The other variable I observe in this video is "white guys" playing "non-white, non-guy" players. I wonder how this would play out with different combinations of gender and race? White guys being the most privileged in our society may feed into their dominance behavior.

  39. Ahmad Al-kheat says:

    Stupid audience laughing, we should cry at ourselves, poor humans .

  40. DeWayne Stafford says:

    Irrational self interest is a mental disorder. Greed is an intentionally undiagnosed mental disorder.

  41. sohaib ahmed says:

    We learned about this in sociology class about rich and poor. We should develope more empathy for others. Often times we're so tangled in our own world.

  42. traderpapertiga says:

    Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value. – Einstein

  43. #1Lazer says:

    The test where you gave a wealthy person and a poor person each ten dollars is flawed in many aspects. The largest being- you shouldn't have given them each the same amount of money. Interesting information you're sharing, but not definitive as it's seems you're implying. I'm not trying to bash the video. But there are variables and factors unaccounted for. For sure a good starting point though.
    It is interesting to realize this will spell trouble in the future since millennials no matter their income tend to be very entitled. If their entitlement increases with their wealth people besides them will be screwed.

  44. Hulk Hulk says:

    This study should be used to destroy the myth of trickle down economics that if you give to the rich that will trickle down to the poor.

  45. jhunt5578 says:

    Make lobbying and campaign funding illegal. Each candidate with a serious and clear manifesto should be given x amount to campaign with and x amount of television advertising.

  46. James Holder says:

    Since it is from Berkeley. I suspect there is an agenda or promotion. Honest science at Berkeley is doubtful.

  47. DeeDeeBsCreations says:

    1 Timothy 3:1,2–"But know this, that in the last days…men will be lovers of money, boastful, haughty…"

  48. D Bruce says:

    Monopoly was invented to illustrate what Henry George told us – monopoly of land is the driver of unearned privilege and inequality. A simple reform of our tax system would fix this.

  49. kataisa3 says:

    "A privileged player in a rigged game"…wow! This video pretty much described Hillary Clinton to a T

  50. Phyllis Foster says:

    The most interesting part of this experiment was the response from the audience…they were laughing, and generally feeling entertained rather than understanding the deeper social implications…these people could give less than a sh** about others who have nothing. This TED Talk took place in Marin and it is a fact that most of the people in that community are arrogant and self-serving…sad but true. And no, we do not all have the same opportunities in this country to succeed and generate wealth…the so-called American dream is a hoax!

  51. Silvia Casabianca says:

    Thanks for this presentation. I find it amazing that research is proving that we have built untenable societies. This money-making goals that are feeding greed and individualism and narcissism are destroying any sense of community and eventually will destroy the planet.

  52. Ab C. Def says:

    I wonder how many people he must have been uncompassionate toward and selfishly screwed over in getting his privileged position at Berkeley.

  53. Anda Lightworker says:

    My boss is a cheap and greedy mongrel he is so selfish and makes his employees wait weeks and months for their paycheques. Everyone hates him and wants to leave but can not because he owes us all money. He is not Canadian so I was wondering if this was because of his beliefs being different and we just understand.

  54. BlackAn3el says:

    Wer ist auch wegen mois hier? 😀

  55. Vantux says:

    keller army

  56. Shoddox 2003 says:

    Keller

  57. David Pfister says:

    Wer kommt auch vom kellerbaron?

  58. Triple A says:

    kellerwärter

  59. Beate Wegleitner says:

    I came across this video because of Alim aka Mois.
    Very good video!
    How self-taught greed can be! Unbelievable and very interesting!!

  60. Boy mit Badehose says:

    Mois

  61. Gabi C. says:

    Pseudo-science 🤦🏻‍♀️

  62. Esra 7:10 says:

    Thanks.

  63. KLJF says:

    why not just teach all kids that we have this tendancy to justify our luck .

  64. RSVP Events says:

    The wealthiest people I know are also the biggest philanthropists

  65. Dan says:

    Great work Paul, keep it up! I think ease of existence and moral education are also factors. In Australia certain poor communities are handed welfare payments unconditionally and education is often skipped. This leads to very lazy and immoral people addicted to drugs, alcohol and tobacco to the point where they are seriously neglecting, starving and abusing their own children daily. They are violent to others and destructive to the environment with no regard for anyone but themselves. Obviously this stems from colonization related injustices imposed on their ancestors but it is clear to see that ease of existence and lack of education are the main contributing factors.
    Unfortunately the world is run based on profit and loss as most governments receive funding from big business thus are inclined to tow the line. Until political campaigns are evenly/fairly funded with full disclosure we will never improve as a race. When you are poor or sick (speaking from experience) it brings you closer to God. As stated, many virtuous qualities grow stronger when your doing it tough. That's why when times are good its important to bring yourself to account each day, practice using virtues daily and always strive for Justice.

  66. Francis Mausley says:

    Good theme… thank you. "Say: If ye be seekers after this life and the vanities thereof, ye should have sought them while ye were still enclosed in your mothers’ wombs, for at that time ye were continually approaching them, could ye but perceive it. Ye have, on the other hand, ever since ye were born and attained maturity, been all the while receding from the world and drawing closer to dust. Why, then, exhibit such greed in amassing the treasures of the earth, when your days are numbered and your chance is well-nigh lost? Will ye not, then, O heedless ones, shake off your slumber? ~ Baha'u'llah

  67. mpix19135 says:

    Why did I think of Trump?

  68. ELIAKIM Joseph Sophia says:

    An interesting observation for me was when a table was full of food, and there was only only dish that was specifically cooked and served for me. Yet one of the people at the lunch chose to eat what I had been given, whilst I couldn't eat what else was the on table. That revealed so much about that person's heart and for sure it is about the heart, and with some people it doesn't matter how much you give them, they will still desire what someone has and think it is their right to take it.

  69. David Bradford says:

    Greed leads to destructive behavior. You will become restless and your mind will never be content. Your heart will feel empty and there will be a desperate desire to have more.

    If you are reading this then you know that there is truth to this statement. God desires you to seek Him and not earthly wealth..if you do then these worldly material things will be provided out of necessity because God knows you need things to survive – He created you after all. Besides, if you seek money you abandon God for an idol. Yes the world runs on money, but faith in God is more powerful. It is written in the Bible, "What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul?
    Mark 8:36 NIV

    You cannot serve God and money, so make the choice but remember that you cannot take earthly wealth when you leave this world. Earthly wealth means nothing in the Kingdom of God. So be humble, pray continuously for God to support you. Have faith that God loves and cares for your needs. You will find a peace, a contentness that doesn't come from a promotion. Money is fleeting but Jesus Christ is forever. Believe in Jesus.

    I ask Jesus everyday now to instruct me to who needs to hear His message today from me and today it is the greedy. Yesterday it was the suicidal. All will be told comforting messages as this is the mission of a Christian: To spread the gospel of Jesus Christ to the world and straighten the paths of the crooked I preparation for the Kingdom of God.

  70. Guy Wallin says:

    i think it depends on the person, some succumb to greed more so than others.

  71. Lilly Ernst says:

    2013!?! It’s now February 2019. I remember thinking of the wealthy powerful people having this pull. Today, I see it in Government. Of course it’s been there for some time. True the American Dream is unattainable due to the wealthy powerful greedy people that control this rigged system!

  72. M F says:

    Notice how the people in the audience laugh. That tells me that they are not applying the lesson in their own lives and pondering it. They laugh because they think it's funny what happens to the less fortunate.

  73. M F says:

    I wouldn't trust Bill Gates with a 10 ft. pole. I liked the video until he mentioned Bill Gates who is very corrupt.

  74. Grail Gal says:

    Bill Gates thinks GMO is just dandy – I wouldn't quote him.

  75. Ken Strohan says:

    Money and status is a joke.

  76. itze22 says:

    Great study. Should be shown to all people at pres. rallies

  77. Spacer says:

    Insurance industry is one of the richest rackets currently operating in these United Slaves of America. Every working (and most non-working) human resource works to pay his/her insurance bill. Then there’s also a non-voluntary deduction to pay protection money to the military industrial complex. Oh slavery is abolished on paper, but in practice it is so evenly spread that you’de need a micron-eye to see it.

  78. Nice guy says:

    Dan Pena

  79. Michael Roditis says:

    I really don't get how there can be dislikes at videos like this

  80. We-Are- Great says:

    I used to think War would kill Man but ‘Greed’ will kill Man . Just look at the World .

  81. David Williams says:

    The rich are assholes.

  82. Sophia’s Vlogs says:

    Very good video

  83. Reinhold Seiber says:

    Thank you

  84. The Gamblr says:

    Greed is a human nature. We may find it in ourselves when being in a position of power. Rich and poor is just a measurement of power. This should be the science of "power" instead of "greed".

  85. Thinking in the name says:

    Whats so funny whit The audience

  86. Jerome Bychowski says:

    The lecturer repeatedly presented the results of his studies orally.

    But, he did not display even one spreadsheet, pie chart, or graph, to support the illustration of the facts about a compilation of the actual data that was collected.

    His loose presentation style, and missimg research data summaries, leaves his audience in a position of blind trust in his openly, and seemingly biased statements.


    Not one time, did this lecturer make a statement about the planning, safety strategies, or execution of those plans, by the persons involved, in competing to make gains in any of the scenarios that were presented.


    So, the audience, therefore learned nothing about how to plan, act safely, and execute strategies, in.order to be competitive, and become more wealthy.


    So, the only result of this lecturer's presentation, was that the audience was degraded, and there heads were filled with opinions about the wealthy persons.

    Therefore, the audiece was weakened by the lecture, and they were discpuraged from seeking out documentation that supports facts about the competition for wealth.

    So, they only recieved opinions.


    The fact is, that statistics show that, predominantly persons that are gaining wealth, and rising upwardly in the socioecomomic class levels, are doing so because of increased education, investment, planning, and strategic execution of their plans.
    Those executed plans include improved social skills.

    That is a fact.

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