Greed, for lack of a better word, is good. Greed is right, greed works. Greed clarifies, cuts through, and captures the essence of the evolutionary spirit. Greed, in all of its forms; greed for life, for money, for love, knowledge has marked the upward surge of mankind.
Yes, they were all honourable men.Men who had fought their way to the top; Men who were known for their hard work and integrity as much for their philanthropic contributions to society;Men who one could not speak of without a mark of reverence and awe;Men who had become household names for all the right reasons.That is, until their fall from grace.
And in almost all cases, GREED proved to be their undoing.Greed for money, Greed for power, even Greed for sex.Well, as Gordon Gekko would say, there was nothing wrong in their greed; if anything it only indicated their ambition; and ambition is good;it motivates you and takes you far.After all, who doesn’t want to be a Billionaire??
However, when this greed starts getting replaced with greed for making easy money, instead of creating wealth; When this greed starts to operate with scant respect for the laws of the land;When this greed requires the sacrifice of moral and ethical values as collateral; Then it is safe to say that the decline has begun!
And we the public who have reverred them, have an obligation not to let our passions get the better of us.We can feel sorry for them;But we should not let them become martyrs in our imaginations.We should not try to defend them on the basis of their good conduct or on the basis of their contribution to society.We should let the Law take it’s course;So that a strong message is sent to other wrong-doers who are also contemplating taking a plunge into this filth of greed under the expectation that they will not get caught.
Finally, I would like to recall the quote of the judge who indicted Rajat Gupta..
He is a good man.But the history of this country and the history of the world is full of examples of good men who did bad things