Aesop has a fable, The Goose and the Golden Egg. It’s the story of a poor farmer who visits the nest of his goose and finds a glittering yellow egg. He thinks that it’s a trick and is about to throw it away, but thinking better of it, takes the egg home. To his amazement he discovers that the egg is solid gold.
The farmer becomes increasingly rich by going to the nest daily and collecting a golden egg from his special goose. As he grows richer, he becomes greedy and impatient. Hoping to get all the gold and riches, he kills the goose and cuts her open only to find… nothing.
Greed is an inordinate desire to acquire and posses wealth or goods more than one needs without any regard for other’s well being. To think that one can grow in one single swoop is deceptive, destructive and only results in losing rather than winning.
Quote: “Greed is a fat demon with a small mouth and whatever you feed it is never enough.” – Janwillem van de Wetering