One of the most overlooked addictions is the addiction to greed. A destructive disease of the mind. In order to think about addiction as a disease process, I will use the term disease as not just a pathology but one that gets worse over time.
Greed enacts the cultural myth of “when I____, then I ______.” It’s intensely future focused and becomes the proverbial carrot on a stick. Consequently, you become the jackass that keeps striving, pursuing and grasping.
Each win releases adrenaline and dopamine into the system and the chase for the high is ever fueled. I mean, what is the difference between 20 million dollars and 40 million dollars? It has no real impact on someone’s life or lifestyle but that doesn’t stop people for grabbing for more.
Society offers us some convenient examples of this. Many of our world’s leaders and billionaire families offer us a very close up look at the sickness of the addiction...