By Danilo S. Venida
Greed is desire—rapacious, wanting that knows no bounds. Greed rules through “elite” groups taking control of society at large, or segments of it. The manifestations of greed are many and multifaceted.
The pork barrel scam is an issue that is widely talked about in the news nowadays and we, as high school students, would like to share our individual and collective thoughts on the matter:
It used to be thought that with its finite resources the world cannot support its expanding population, but now undisputed—except by the uninformed and the guilty—is the fact that there is enough for every man’s needs but not enough for every man’s greed. This applies worldwide, even in the United States and Wall Street. “Bato-bato sa langit, ang tamaan huwag magagalit.”
By Randy David
Scams tell us a lot about the nature of our society—more than about the gullibility, greed, or ignorance of our people. Sociologists try to understand how these criminal schemes work, not by figuring out the motives and interests of the individuals they victimize, but by determining the types of social relationships they are able to tap. Moral terms like gullibility and greed contain no analytic value. But, the degree to which communications in a society like ours remain undifferentiated may explain why scam victims are quick to entrust their money to swindlers with no economic credentials or record.
By Ma. Ceres P. Doyo
On the part of the schemers-scammers it was, above all, greed. But on the part of the victims, it could be all or some of the above.