2004-02-12 08:30:00 ET
Also, in regards to your question of "when did it all start" I'm going to say when the first band of people grouped together, and called themselves a civilization - and implimented a system of bartering.
As soon as the idea of "something I have can get me something I want" then immeditately you've got ideas going on where there is trade, there is desire for the material stuff, and greed.
Now, I sincerly doubt the Mesopotamians (spelling is likely off, deal) and the Egyptians went at their trade with the same zeal that we do in the 21st century, however this is where my hypothesis gains strength:
Its's "MORE MORE MORE" with us. (but "us" I mean the people of our time). There is no set level of desire for us. There is always something new. The 2005 model cars? Playstation 3? Pentium 26? Greed is insatiable and it grows. Got a kid? Well, all the sudden there is the need for college funds, enertainment, more food, and everything a kid needs. What does this all take? The acquirement of yet -more- money.
"There is no set level of desire [greed] for us"
It is always growing.
Which is why its at such a frantic pace these days that a world leader would bomb the hell out of a country and occupy it, why mothers get testy and aggrivated during their Christmas shopping, why the job we've got is never good enough.
We live within our means.
Didja get a raise? Well guess what, you also probably have an idea where that new additional income is going.
Hence the need for more when something new comes up.
But ya know what? Its completely our fault.