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Greed by Liol Greed by Liol
It speaks for itself *shrug*

Note to those who critiqued me: Thanks for bringing it to my attention that this kind of greed is not limited to america. I was influenced just by what I see going on where I am, but the fact is, it's a universal problem, therefor, I removed the text. Thanks guys--you know who you are :D
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Given 2009-02-03
The message of this piece is powerful enough to speak on its own.
Greed by ~Liol ( Suggested by IllustraShu and Featured by PurpelBlur )
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Magoichi Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2015
that should be the poster for humanity right now
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cyrus18 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
This is my favorite of all time!!! What materials did you use?
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Hawkheart29 Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
The symbolism here is just beautiful. Simply beautiful.
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anakure Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Your messages are just amazing!
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sae-von Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2014
The nations of the world can only end this by ending the 1%.
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Horgenart Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2014  Professional General Artist
This one is amazing! I just thought about
making something about the enviroment. And i found this. Thank you for the inspiration.
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SaujaVandens Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2014
I love the idea !! :happybounce: 
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Proxione Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Genious. Very powerful.:squee: 
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PowerThrasher Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2014
Greed is indeed a universal problem, but it's quite prevalent in America. I'm sure it will have a lot of significance in the decades to come (that is if we can keep net neutrality alive until then and beyond!).
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Nightshade054 Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I sometimes see leaders like this
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gokhantumertr Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Alsome!
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4crunchy2u Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2014
A very true picture.Nod 
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MyOwnMoralThreat Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2014  Hobbyist
WAIT SIR THAT'S HOT!!!
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GeneralCrimson Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2014  Student General Artist
Wow…love it...
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Randamu-Chan Featured By Owner May 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow!
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LookAtMyLittlePoneh Featured By Owner May 28, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Holy shit. You have a gift my friend Love 
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Cocoa-and-tea Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2014  Student General Artist
This is BEAUTIFUL.
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KatieConfusion Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2014  Student Interface Designer
Flawless execution, powerful message. There needs to be more art like this around. Thanks for being part of the ones trying to make a difference :]
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Scribblerlarry Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2014
Terrific Art!

Sadly, by attributing the destruction of the world simply to "Greed" you show that you have only looked at the surface of what's happening and why. 

It is very popular now to adopt the age-old socialist notion that all the problems of the world can be attributed to the greed of "the ultra-rich" (often called "the elite"). Reality says otherwise. It is not either greed of the ultra-rich who are at fault. It is our entire system and the middle-class are more responsible for how it operates than anyone. 

The ultra-rich own most of everything. They own most of the corporations that provide services and/or have productive capability by way of shares in most of the huge industries that provide the goods and services that we need/want.

Most of today's really rich people inherited huge fortunes; not in cash, but in corporate shares. Those shares pay dividends and can be manipulated to earn more, more and ever more for their owners. Those owners of so much wealth, place their portfolios in the hands of trained business managers and go off to live life as only someone incredibly rich can live it. They DO NOT sit around somewhere and conspire to rip off the 99%.

They have no time for that. They leave it to professionals to manage their wealth. If those pros increase that wealth, they reward them Handsomely; very, very handsomely. And those pros DO increase that wealth. They do it by using every trick in the book, fair and foul. They do it after being highly educated and trained to do so. These professionals usually come from the upper (but not the top) class and from the middle class who obtained that education and training. They are likely from the same middle-class as you and I. Perhaps the ARE you and I; or our siblings, friends, parents or children. They do it because they have been taught from birth that getting a lot of money/wealth is right, honourable, and good. That this is the path a person ought to follow so as to be successful. And who doesn't want to be successful?

The middle class are the workers who do most of the good-paying jobs in the factories and service industries also. So the middle class serves the elite in order to achieve success. And serving the elite means only one thing; making them richer. 

The middle class works in all the office buildings at all the positions that keep a corporation running successfully. They think up, design, and implement many many ways for the corporation to earn more and more so as to keep on feeding wealth to the elite. It's called, by us, doing a good job. Our path to personal success is to climb the corporate ladder or work the production lines for promotions and pay increases.

And we are very, very good at that. We think up ways for the corporations to make more money. We think up ways for them to reduce their taxes; to make shoddier good; to charge more for those goods and services that they need. We are also the consumers of those goods and services. By making the corporations more and more successful financially we are harming ourselves seriously. Unfortunately we are also harming the environment, creating unsafe foods, medicines, equipment, vehicles, etc., etc. The very same goods that we use on the very same plant that we live on. 

We mostly don't do it out of greed. We mostly do it while just trying to succeed in life. We are mostly just trying to meet our financial obligations and put food on the table. Some few of us are greedy, but most of us are very decent good citizens. We fail utterly to recognize our role in how everything is coming apart. That means that we have no idea how we, as individuals and as a society, can fix things. 

And they can be fixed. But not by anything we can do to this system. This system is what has caused us to do the things we do. It is a failure at meeting the needs of all the citizens and their interest, and it is destroying the planet. 

It is not the middle class we need to get rid of. It is the system - the predatory greed-capitalist economic system. There is nothing wrong with basic capitalism. But capitalism is like fire; it's a great tool IF IT IS STRICTLY REGULATED AND CONTROLLED! But it is a terrible master when it gets out of control such as it has these days. 

We fix tis by designing a form of capitalism that you might call citizens' capitalism. I cannot go into this too much here but look at those two words - Citizen's Capitalism - what do you think that might be? How can a capitalist system be made to serve the citizens, instead of the citizens serving the system, by working in predatory businesses. Think about it. Talk about it.

All the best to you from an old man who has spent over 40 years thinking about this.
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TheTinfoilRat Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I agree with this entirely. :clap:
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billharrison Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Dude, it's a painting, not an invitation to philosophize.  If you want to publish a political screed, write a blog.
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Anna-panna Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2014
Okey this is absolutely amazing! :O 
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gio87 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014
makes me kinda hungry.......
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mydragonzeatyou Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
WOW that says so much! It really gets the point across it's amazing really!
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Munchkinmay Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2014  Student General Artist
Wow!
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Godmusic Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014  Student Writer
Is totally.. a gorgeus picture!!, cruel and suit perfect for actual situation, magnific!!
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Antmarch123 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It works so well! O.o
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Concussion909JK Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's a fact...

Natural I guess... 
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TardHomo Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Human nature.
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LethargicAnarchist Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2013   Photographer
This image says everything I could hope to say with words.
I would like to share this image on my Facebook page, with appropriate credit-
Outraged, Unapologetic American Liberals
With your permission.

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littlefrenchdude Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2013
that's a very powerful picture! Very impressive.
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KuroKomix Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Fantastic piece, if I do say so myself.
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hawk485 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2013
briliant idea! I love how you made the core spill out...
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walkthecreativepath Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2013  Professional General Artist
:wow: Very cool!
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ZeNinja101 Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So inspiring... O.o OwO
It's fascinating
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NyandrewB Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Hey he's about to eat where I'm currently living. How am I still alive! Just kidding awesome work!
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half-rose Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Amazing! How creative! I loved how you made this image very explicit towards its topic and yet very illustrative.
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MCrispin Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2013
Amazing sum up on things
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lordguy Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013
Wonderful picture! Greed is maybe the world's greatest problem!
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LeRevolutionnaire Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013
you forgot the American flag pin on his lapel.
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kurohii Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2013
powerful
sadly true
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skankdeea Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013
I had to prove that I could amount to something this picked me up when I was down this put me back in the swing of things I figured I should share the wealth
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DaanvandenBergh Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Is it okay if I feature this image on a post called "The Power of Stuff"? The topic of the post matches the article exactly. Of course I will add credits below the image and link the image back to this page.
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