The Price of Arrogance and Greed

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The price of arrogance and greed never changes, never fluctuates, never wavers with the changing winds of time.


By Al Garcia

The price of arrogance and greed never changes, never fluctuates, never wavers with the changing winds of time. 

The architects of the deceit and of the insatiable gluttony for all things excessive, expensive and extreme, ever vulgar, never decent, always loutish and insulting.

Like ever changing chameleons in the wild, men of arrogance and greed instinctively perceive and identify their prey, and quickly adapt themselves to the moment and to the stench of weakness and gullibility that permeates those of little character and even lesser morality.

From Roman times, to times of attempted world dominance, to modern times, and times of chaos and distrust and disillusionment, it is men of arrogance and greed who step up, and then step upon the skeletons and decaying dreams of those who once believed and trusted them, and in the end, found themselves abandoned and betrayed.

Too many men and women who have tasted power and the wealth that power brings, have traded their souls and vended their hearts to the evil that lurks in minds and thoughts too dark to understand or recognize.  Wasted lives, once filled with purpose and with principle, turned into scavengers and vultures of innocence and weakness. 

The price of arrogance and greed always high.  And always paid by the desecration of the human spirit and human dignity, and too many times, by unimaginable political, social, cultural and physical plights that change the course of history and of destiny.

Names like Ganghis Khan, Joseph Stalin, Adolf Hitler, Idi Amin (the Butcher of Uganda), Saddam Hussein, Muammar Gaddafe, and even more current notables, too many to name.  Many of whom died hiding in bunkers or holes in the ground, weak, defeated, and naked and stripped of all their power, their arrogance and their greed.

Some are even left to live out the remnants of their embittered, indignant and cynical existence in self-conceived gold-gilded cages, surrounded by the opulence of nothing, but their own illusions and delusions.

Submitted: September 25, 2021

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Alexander Byrne

Quite often, those who lust for power and are the most capable of acquiring power, are the very same people who do not know how to use power. The cut-throat methods learned to obtain power are the very same ones that make one a poor wielder of it. Nice article!

Sun, September 26th, 2021 2:16pm

Trindin Wright

I think you hit it perfectly. This a great sum up of the price. Well written and engaging. It was a good read.

Tue, September 28th, 2021 1:49am


Appreciate it! Thanks.

Mon, September 27th, 2021 7:59pm

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