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standardized-greed

Published on: 2021-06-14

How can standards and greed be interconnected?

First, let's read both definition:

Greed (or avarice) is an uncontrolled longing for increase in the acquisition or use: of material gain (be it food, money, land, or animate/inanimate possessions); or social value, such as status, or power. Greed has been identified as undesirable throughout known human history because it creates behavior-conflict between personal and social goals.
-Wikipedia

Standardization is the process of implementing and developing technical standards based on the consensus of different parties [...], a situation in which all parties can realize mutual gains, but only by making mutually consistent decisions. Standardization is creating emotional balance, conventional detail, a universal familiarity and natural definition to a concept based on physical or emotional comfort and acceptance by changing societal behaviors and developments.
-Wikipedia

If by greed we can refer to the tendancy of some human beings to hoard money, power and whatever they feel rightful for them to remove from others, I strongly think that the standardization of such is now normalized within the story tale we are being told by modern society. It created standardized products that we can find everywhere around the world, be it a cheeseburger, an industrial machinery or a pair of shoes.

Because of the globalization, standard products are the new norm. The world is closer together, in a bad way. A bakery expansion to take over a country’s market without regard of the quality is overlooked as beneficial to all of us, but in fact it is a pure format of greed, just so a few CEOs and shareholders can get rich and successful. Why not focus on being local, personalized, higher quality products, rather focused on standard subpar products?

In fact, I believe we need to stop justifying our sole existence with monetary measures and the have more, be more ideology. I don't understand celebrities making million of dollars already launching a new business with their name on it, thus making even more money. Like you really need more... or you justify your life with a fake sense of helping others because they buy your crap. I'm sick and tired of that greed. And I'm also desperate too see so many of human beings buying crap they don't need, just because somebody else told them they need it to feel complete.

Thinking about this makes sad for human future. Corporations reduced our existence to greed, individualism and transactions. Let's fight by giving our life a more deep meaning, whatever it is.

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