The Wall Street Disease

The Immediate Problem

One change we will have to make is the classification of a new, but old mental disorder that has spread within the banking community on Wall Street and now around the world. It is called excessive greed, it is a disease.

This disease stems from what once was recognized in scientific circles as extreme antipathy and falls under the modern category of a compulsion – like an addiction to gambling, or the urge to pull out one’s own hair – this disease effects people differently, it is either external or internal.

We all suffer from this condition to some extent, but like heavy drinking or jumping off a cliff most of us have our stop measures intact; we know when to quit.

Some people don’t. It’s apparent that the smartest guys on Wall Street don’t know when to stop and they have proven this time and time again.

However, I believe the condition “excessive greed” is too common a term as a description for such a devastating disease – I suggest, acute gula avaritia – (extreme gluttony and avarice) and further, rank the extent of this compulsion by degrees.

Of course, many compulsion are often accompanied by other maladies, if you suffer from acute gula avaritia you are most likely to also suffer from superbia – a.k.a. hubris – the common and most popular term for this malady is known as bullying.
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acute ire gula avaritia

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Again, this compulsion also ranks in matters of degrees. In extreme cases a person suffering from a combination of these two compulsions will go to excessive measures to hide their disease – they become very secretive and will go to great lengths to cover their tracks. Of course, this mask or behavior only deceives those who do not understand the signs of the disease, and there are those who clearly see the symptoms, but do not know what the disease is called.

However, there is a light at the end of the tunnel – there is a cure and it is simple and very cost effective; although it may take years or a life time, like any addiction, for the patient to overcome or control acute ire gula avaritia. This treatment or practice the consumed must adhere to is called, empatheia a.k.a. empathy.

When more science blogs and psychologist focus their writings on this diseases, when they publish, with fanfare, the conclusive data we have so far, when every day people learn the language and are educated enough to recognize and spot a loved one who suffers from this malady we could have acute ire gula avaritia under control in no time.

Catch it now, before it becomes an epidemic.

Some well know and highly respected victims of this devastating disease

In the meantime, and in keeping with the simplicity popular culture demands (that’s another topic) I find that it is best to call this malady in a recognizable term that people throughout the world will understand, The Wall Street Disease.
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