There are really only two emotions: fear and love. And greed is an expression of fear, because greed is the fear of not having enough and not being enough.
Greed says, I don’t have enough. I want more. Even when you do have enough. The thinking is, the more I have, the more secure I’ll be and the more happiness and love I’ll be able to buy.
We live in an environment that is both nourishing and hostile to our survival. We fear for our survival, because we know we’re perishable. We know death is coming. We fear what happens after death, and we fear insignificance in this life. Greed is the manifestation of those fundamental fears.
Fear reigns when we’re not connected to a higher power. Prayer and mindfulness are pathways to connection with God.