Greed and Humanity



I am neither,

And both.

I am not proud that either need exist,

Each is distasteful alone.

Capitalism breeds greed,

The rich get richer,

The poor get poorer

Dividing their people.

Socialism strives to temper greed,

Reigning in its excesses

In hopes of leaving something for the masses.

Those with means rail against this,

Crying infringement!

I don’t need the government regulating me,

I will give to others as I see fit.”,

This is not reality, but greedy folly.

Human nature believes what’s mine is mine.

Socialism is no less flawed!

Unfettered it breeds sloth,

Equally deadly and devastating.

Where is the incentive to contribute?

Both commit their own deadly sins by existing.

Perhaps a blending would suffice,

Capitalism for self-sustenance,

Socialism for a dose of humanity and conscience.

If arrogance were put aside

Maybe then there would be hope,

Hope that what is broken could be mended

For the betterment of all

–Not just the select few.


~~ Dominic R. DiFrancesco ~~


21 thoughts on “Greed and Humanity

  1. Wonderfully expressed and written. Perhaps a new word for your idea socio-capitalism? Seriously it is about balance isn’t it? Thank you for your wise and true words!

    • Thank you Penny, I like the new word it really is quite fitting. Balance is key to successful and generally prosperous society. This is something that the United States has lost sight of and I fear that it will become its demise.

    • There certainly is. Those with an abundance of means should feel guilty about it, but they don’t. Instead they just want to accumulate more and more without the least bit of concern for others. Really how much does one need…we can’t take it with us so why endlessly accumulate material possessions. When done to excess, it is disgusting.

    • I have been trying to do this myself, not frivolously spending and getting rid of things I don’t specifically need by donating them to charity. It isn’t easy to do, but I think it is the right thing to do. Good luck to you my friend, I hope you are successful.

      • They say don’t cry over anything that can’t cry over you… I’ve had houses and stuff.. I’m done..

      • I have as well and I find that most of what I’ve accumulated over the years was just out of my desire for instant gratification. This is the worst reason of all to accumulate and I’m sorry for having done it.

      • You are absolutely right. We just had one in our community and I got rid of many of my impulse items. Yes, I took a loss, but I wasn’t using the stuff anyway.

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