Avarice is a personality trait, manifested by actions, as the desire to satisfy the desire for profit, is considered a sinful passion, represented in Orthodoxy, leading to the strengthening of all others, overshadowing the mind and the disappearance of faith. But love for money is also important in everyday life without a religious angle and is often replaced by more modern counterparts, reflecting one of the sides of a given personal quality. So it can be greed to share your wealth or stinginess when paying for something, greed and a constant desire to save. This is the fear of losing one's own savings or things, but not the standard caution inherent in all people, but an excessive feeling for things more than spiritual destiny, relationships, self-realization and self-perception.
All this is only a different form of desire to gain more and more benefits, while as a person’s quality, love of money always acts exclusively negatively. For others, it may be fraught with their own losses or the inability to do business with such a person. For the personality itself, the desire to continuously saturate the feeling of hunger with material benefits leads to the development of a feeling of pathological envy, comparing oneself with others through material achievements, rather than personal characteristics and the eternal feeling of lacking thirst, because it is impossible to get everything that exists on the material and financial level.
The basis for the manifestation of the love of money in the person is always great self-conceit and self-love, and the love of money is only a way to fulfill all sorts of desires of the ego. However, most religions believe that avarice is the root of all evil, because it forces us to forget about the salvation of the soul and the development of human, humane qualities.
What it is
In the context of the original, there is less and less talk of avarice, the concept itself is obliged by its origin and use to religious tenets, and in social matters the orientation towards the material side is actualized, where it is advantageous to eclipse sinful processes by renaming. The psychological substantiation of the desire to replenish the material is quite natural and in many psychological concepts is the basis for the formation of other personality structures. The pyramid of needs and the theory of basic sense of security say that only after the problems of the material level are closed can a person be able to produce or change anything on the psychological, otherwise the survival program, which is the base, is activated.
The negative perception of the desire for continuous enrichment is not explained by the desire to possess, but by saturating the basic required level, a person does not look for ways to develop his own personality and soul, focusing on the accumulation of the material. This process is endless and there is no moment of achievement as such, where achievement will be obvious, as new desires arise as things are acquired, and the sales industry offers every day new ways to invest money.
It should be noted that avarice, as a personality trait, does not appear in connection with the objective data of the amount of money, i.e. does not depend on the real side of welfare. This is an internal need to have, greed for the accumulated, the inability to share or part with money. This can manifest itself both among rich people, for whom it is impossible to give a few kopecks to a beggar, and among those living in poverty, but who see their happiness only in money or new acquisitions.
Many try to justify their obsession with money, the presence of noble motives and to explain their actions by caring for others, when they only cover up their inner avarice. So do those who hide public contributions paid by all employees, arguing that it is necessary to feed the family, or so those who hide behind children require free travel. Not really having benefits. There are many prerequisites for obtaining benefits or simply not spending one’s own money.
The concepts of sincere help and feigned beneficence are divorced exclusively in the church, when the present society for the purpose of economic development and individual development and enrichment of everyone only more and more confuses the concepts, elevating wealth to a cult and even a criterion for measuring the status of a person as a person.
The more the value of the human personality is lost, the manifestations of its freedom and uniqueness as such, the less the manifestation of individuality and the general desire to know oneself, the more one becomes manifested through the external. Nowadays, a person has quite a few ideas about his own soul and what it is filled with, no one practices spiritual austerities, practices, does not engage in self-knowledge, even self-perfection becomes something supernormal, this is taught and motivated. In such a society, there is no opportunity to present oneself through the external, which means that only the material serves as self-expression, and love for it appears as a replacement for true love for oneself.
Avarice in orthodoxy
The sin of love for money in Orthodoxy is among the most serious crimes of the faith, since it directly violates the second ecclesiastical precept on not worshiping wealth. Traction to the insatiable increase in material goods is interpreted as serving idols or the fact that a man is run by a demon, an evil entity, and leads his soul farther from the righteous path. The opposite feature, encouraged in a religious context, is virtue, when a person is able to give the last or share the little that is available to the needy.
Many texts speak of the love of money as a line that allows to strive for enrichment, are separate gods, more and more seizing power in the world. Church texts warning of the impossibility of service and of God and money, put love of money as idolatry, and raise the egregor of money on the same level as a single deity. This shows how strongly the desire for accumulation or greed in parting affects the human soul, which subsequently influences the choice of the path and the development of the whole life path.
Analyzing the love of money, what a sin, its effect on a person can be based on the words of the saints, who called him the most fundamental of all evil on earth. So even the first people decided to have an apple, Lucifer, being an angel, decided to have freedom and all other parables from the Bible instill understanding that striving for the superfluous in worldly understanding leads to the disappearance of the spiritual life, leading to punishment in the context of faith. Apart from the importance of spending time on prayer, people are able to spend more hours on work, not seeking to help those in need, are looking for new ways to scam and illegal earnings, even going to visit, can calculate their own profit. There is no ban on a rich and even luxurious life, only condemn the behavior when money is put at the forefront and compete with God, breaking the main commandment.
The most common causes leading to the emergence of avarice, even among deeply religious Christians, are quite socially and psychologically explainable processes. Among the main ones are uncertainty, lack of stability and the ability to secure insurance for an unforeseen event. This strongly echoes the lack of basic security, impaired psychological trauma in childhood or lack of faith in salvation through God in the present.
Excessive desire for money is an effective expression of mistrust to God and his power, as saving him from any trouble. Especially dangerous is the manifestation of avarice among people who, by their professional orientation, are called upon to help people, develop and set them on the spiritual path. So there are doctors who prescribe unnecessary tests and operations, forcing to buy drugs, more expensive than the necessary counterparts, so the teachers give good grades, guided by personal gain, without thinking about the consequences of that person’s activities, and many other specialists.
How to get rid of avarice
Those who notice for themselves an ever-greater immersion in the care of the material, should find the main points that help to return to the spiritual path and renounce avarice. The first thing that helps to cope with such an obsession is faith. For those who are in any religious tradition, this is direct faith in God and his help, that all trials are given for something and only the Almighty knows in the end which way is best for a person to go.
To think only about the present, without trying to prevent poverty or trouble in the future, and not trying to save money, is a spiritual practice, indicated both in religious texts and in psychological theories. Those who are atheists, it is recommended to remember the events of their lives, when it was hard or pieces of the biography of other people who have overcome troubles and poverty.
Uncertainty about tomorrow can give rise to a neurotic desire for greed, hoarding, and trying to count everything - the more peace of mind and predictability brought to life, the stronger the inner supports become, the less tasks will be placed on material salvation. A person who understands what he is capable of and that he will get out of any situation shakes less and raises material things to the cult, knowing that the real treasure is represented by people who can help at the right moment.
The idea of the finiteness of life and the fact that death can come critically close, also allows you to overestimate your actions and aspirations. For believers, it is a necessity to answer at the last judgment, where they will be judged as sinners for violating the second commandment. This option keeps in constant fear and protects from avarice, but there is a more loyal form, without intimidation. When every time it is understood that life can end, that the number of minutes measured by time is quite small, true values begin to appear, such as the embrace of a loved one, the contemplation of the sunset or the transfer of their valuable knowledge to future generations. It is precisely the nearness of death and the finiteness that makes it sobering and makes it possible to understand that only the material will not be taken away with you and will not be left as a memory of yourself, since there remain mostly stories, legends, tales originating from real human life.
Distribute alms and perform other benefactors, even if by force, volitional intent at first ultimately leads to a reduction in avarice. At first, pity for the spent is lost, and then joy comes from the good brought in exchange for the imaginary joys of money. It can become a new passion - to distribute everything that was earned in order to see the joy of others, heating more than their own. You can at the same time impose austerity on yourself - earn only to support life and provide housing, and everything that is above or distribute or stop working, freeing this time for spiritual practices, communicating with the family, and caring for the world around.