Greed & Self-Interest: Synonyms

  Greed & Self-Interest: Synonyms

Generous to charities, perhaps,
But still self-aimed.
Lapses of men’s empathies
Are never without sympathies,
The nuance subtle, ill-defined;
That’s the tragedy.

Compassionate is not the same as passionate.
Forgiving not the same as giving.
Humane, human, cupid* and cupidity**
Need and greed… correlative.

So I say, observe yourself
And serve yourself —
But with the right ambition.
Live and love,
But with fruition
Aiming with the right direction.

Greed and interest in the self
Must never be self-interest
In the pelf.***
Greed&Self-Interest: Synonyms 9.20.2022 Circling Round Existence;Definitely Didactic; Arlene Nover Corwin
*Cupid: the god of love.
**Cupidity: greed for money or possessions. late Middle English: from Old French cupidite or Latin cupiditas, from cupidus ‘desirous’, from cupere ‘to desire’. Compare with covet.
***pelf money, (especially when gained in a dishonest or dishonourable way):

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