John Steinbeck On The Allure Of Greed

While we often claim to detest greed, we often admire the fruits of it.

"It has always seemed strange to me...The things we admire in men, kindness and generosity, openness, honesty, understanding and feeling, are the concomitants of failure in our system.

And those traits we detest, sharpness, greed, acquisitiveness, meanness, egotism and self-interest, are the traits of success. And while men admire the quality of the first they love the produce of the second."

John Steinbeck (Cannery Row) Published in 1945.

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