"Acquisitiveness - the wish to possess as much as possible of goods, or the title to goods - is a motive which, I suppose, has its origin in a combination of fear with the desire for necessaries."-Bertrand Russell
The desire to acquire material possessions is in all of us. We want either a car, or a flat, or an investment, and preferably all of it!
We are not greedy! We have a desire! What’s so wrong in desiring? As long as, the means by which we attempt to fulfill our desires is ‘just’.
‘Just’ is a legally defined term, legality comes in with society. Laws are man-made.
So, essentially, what we are saying is that, we can fulfill our desires, as long as the means by which we do so is accepted by society. What is acceptable to one in such a case may not be to another – that’s where the complexity of our cultures comes in. Culture brings in different ideas to a certain point, and different views bring in politics.
Politics can also imply conflicts. Conflicts can be internal or external. Internal conflicts are tougher to manage. External can be categorized, while internal is driven by a set of values.
Values stem desire. Desire is manifested as greed. Greed is Acquisitiveness re-defined.
The politics of desire is a vicious loop.