Greed and addiction
I was listening to the Flow Research Collective Radio podcast via Spotify while I was on the way to campus this morning. The topic of the episode I listened to was about addiction, and what stood out to me was:
Addiction is a series of (painful) cravings, temporarily satisfying that craving, then adulterating the experience so much that the addict cannot anymore enjoy the experience.
In a way, greed is to material things as addiction is to experiences.
And that’s what is dangerous about greed and addiction: they seem to offer short-term pleasure but lead to long-term pain. On the other hand, to accumulate good deeds and to be virtuous is playing the long game: short-term pain and stress leading into a life of flourishing.
Luke 12:13-21. The things you have prepared (and accumulated), to whom will they belong?
[DAILY GOSPEL INSIGHTS AND REFLECTION FOR MANAGEMENT AND ORGANIZATION 290: OCTOBER 17, 2022]