QuoteOriginally posted by: exneratunriskQuoteOriginally posted by: Traden4AlphaIt seems like it is envy from what I've seen and that's a far more socially destructive "deadly sin" than greed is.The data on charitable giving (in the US) show that people on the right are twice as altruistic as people on the left. For the most part, the left want government to confiscate and redistribute other people's wealth, not their own.Yes it is in a singular view, greed is absolute and envy relative. Relative is worse. Bit if greed is paired with fear it may cause avalanches - and it does. Envy and fear does usually not come as pair?The social impact of greed depends on the prevailing structure of the economy: is it a positive sum game, zero sum game, or negative sum game. If it is a positive sum game, then the greedy individual must create some product or service of value to others in order to satisfy their greed. If it is zero sum, then greed is neutral (those that seek wealth will have it and those that don't care about wealth won't). It's only if the economy is negative sum that greed leads to a net loss for society.Envy seems negative under all scenarios.QuoteOriginally posted by: exneratunriskCharity is not altruistic, IMO. To give alms is not altruistic - maybe altero-centric in a small interval of time. Billy Holiday is right: God bless the child that got his own We may have to agree to disagree on what counts as altruism (although I do agree that altruism is a form of selfishness).And I have to apologize for my ignorance about Billy Holiday and whether the song is meant to be ironic, sarcastic, ideological, proselytizing, etc. I'm afraid that I find music to be an highly ambiguous communication medium.