Sunday, May 31, 2009

Bill Maher on Greed

"Friday Night Videos" is coming a little bit early this week because I wanted to post this clip from the May 29 edition of "Real Time With Bill Maher." Bill makes an excellent case, infused with his characteristic humor, that so many of our current problems stem simply from greed.

Of course, the Buddha would have pointed out that the greed arises from our ego delusion - our impression that there is a constant and abiding self that's somehow more important than the others "out there."

But Bill, an ardent atheist, doesn't need to rely on the Buddha to point out the foibles of our wretched behavior - the last 30 or so years of our culture have already done a good enough job of showing the suffering caused by our delusions.

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