Short Story – Greed is Good, Excess Greed is Bad

Recently, I came across this article (greed is good) from time.com; incidentally, I came across this wonderful story about greed on the very same day.

The article from time.com says, greed is good but the story I came across says greed is bad. So, I sat down and thought I should share the story with you guys!

Shorty Story on Greed

Long ago, there lived a rich king who, despite his luxurious lifestyle, was neither happy nor content. The king one day, noticed his servant who was very happy all the time who sang songs while he worked. The king felt, why was I so unhappy even if I had all I luxuries while a servant with almost no luxury was so happy.

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The king said to the servant.

King: Why are you so happy?

Servant: Your Majesty, I am nothing but a servant, but my family and I don’t need too much – just a roof over our heads and warm food to fill our tummies.

The evil king was unhappy with the servants answer. So he wanted to do something bad to him. He called one of his advisor and asked for help.

The advisor said to the king, My lord, place 99 Gold coins in a bag and leave it at this servant’s doorstep and so did the king.

When the servant saw the bag, he took it into his house. When he opened the bag, he let out a great shout of joy. So many gold coins! He began to count them. After several counts, he was at last convinced that there were 99 coins.

He wondered, “What could’ve happened to that last gold coin? Surely, no one would leave 99 coins!” He looked everywhere he could, but that final coin was elusive. Finally, exhausted, he decided that he was going to have to work harder than ever to earn that gold coin and complete his collection.

From that day, the servant’s life was changed. He was overworked, horribly grumpy, and castigated his family for not helping him make that 100th gold coin. He stopped singing while he worked. Witnessing this drastic transformation.

Moral: Greed kills happiness. People who have enough to be happy but are never content, because they’re always yearning and striving for that extra 1 telling to themselves: “Let me get that one final thing and then I will be happy for life.” We can be happy, even with very little in our lives, but the minute we’re given something bigger and better, we want even more! We lose our sleep, our happiness, we hurt the people around us; all these as a price for our growing greed and desires.


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