• Marta May

Greed.....what mental disorder do we attribute it to?

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder can manifest in many ways.

Some people just have to follow a particular routine or schedule or they get really upset and are unable to function. Some people have to weed the garden until all the weeds are gone...The garden is 1.08 acres, in the country, where weeds come and go with the wind. Some people have to maximize their income from any particular transaction, whether it is buying socks for a camping trip, or taking advantage of a position of trust, to steel from the people that should be benefiting from that trust.

When someone is so obsessively trying to benefit from a real estate deal, that they are no longer aware that they are hurting the other people involved in the situation, two of them disabled, another retired and all of them elderly, what mental disorder should we diagnose that person to be suffering from? Is it Obsessive Compulsive Disorder? Is it Narcissism? Is it Antisocial Personality Disorder? Is the person compensating from a possibly undiagnosed learning disability? Do we classify him as a Sociopath, which would include chronic criminality, arrogance and disregard for the rights of others?

Mary L. Trump, PH.D. wrote a book about her uncle Donald Trump.....The name of it is "TOO MUCH AND NEVER ENOUGH" At the time I read it I was seriously sick of Trump. he was activating all my PTSD from growing up in Communist Cuba. The thought of him becoming president again and trampling our democracy, made me think of disappearing; how, I did not think that far, I just wanted him gone before I had to look for living alternatives!

Abuse antidote is an organization dedicated to ending abuse in in any shape or form. Witnessing abuse of any kind, especially towards innocence or people unable to defend themselves, towards children, animals, anything or anyone, brings out a passion in me, of severe magnitude.

A Fairy tale . I'm going to tell you a little Fairy tail. Run it by your conscience. What do you think would be the best ending? Once upon a time in a kingdom far away, the reigning Queen died. The good Queen, beloved by all, left her Castle to her children - three princes and a princess. They had always had a good relationship among themselves and their mother and so the queen left directions that upon her death they were to share equally in her royal property. It so happened that the Youngest Prince, believed to be a good and fair man by the family, had been named the kingdom's executor and he therefore had the right to sell the castle to himself provided he "fairly" compensated his siblings. Now the Youngest Prince always had studied and worked hard. He was thrifty, experienced in how to save money, how to buy low and sell high; and he was believed to be a respectable salesman, he knew what to say and what to do to maximize his profits. The youngest prince really wanted the castle. It was too good of a deal to pass up. So he devised an agreement created for the purpose of reducing his siblings' shares of the royal castle. The Young Prince sent out his agreement. Everyone had to sign it for it to be valid. One of the princes really did not want to sign the agreement. At that time he was very sick due to a terrible pandemic that was raging throughout the kingdom. He had recently taken leave from his duties and had just returned from the royal hospital because his mental state and physical disabilities were so severely hampered that his wife thought he might not long survive. He thought the castle should be sold to the highest bidder and was not shy in telling everyone that that was the case. However, constant discussion and pressure from the Youngest Prince wore him down, and despite his feelings and due to his weakened state, he was persuaded to sign the document. Interestingly, it was later discovered that, due to his condition, only his wife had legal authority to sign for him, as at that time she had legal Power of Attorney, possibly invalidating the agreement. So it happened that they hired two elders to find out what the Royal Castle was worth. The Agreement that was signed was to use the average of what the elders came up with to determine the value of the castle. Now it just so happened that pretty much everyone knew around how much the castle was worth. The two elders were hired just to put an specific number on it. And as it just so happened, one of the elders came up with a value that amazed everyone. The result was a value of the castle that was so low nobody in their heart or in their mind thought it was realistic. But since they all made an agreement to use the value that the elders came up with, the Youngest Prince took advantage of a clause in the Trust document that gave him the right to buy the castle from his siblings at a very advantageous price for himself, even though that low value short-changed the other Princes and the Princess. As it turns out, the Princess didn't mind ending up with less money. She was a pure soul. However, the Young Prince's brothers were upset. They felt their duty to safeguard the Princess's interests, something that had always been very important to their parents. Since they and the Youngest Prince had earlier discussed together what the castle might be worth, all of them knew that the Young Prince was going to be able to pay his brothers and sister a lot less than what the castle was worth. So what should the end of this story be? It is in the process of being decided. The Young Prince can choose. Should the Young Prince who had been known by his siblings to be a good and fair man pay the Princess and the Princes the smaller amount that was in the "agreement" and thereby end up with a greater profit, or should he pay his brothers and sister what their fair share of the value of their Mother's Castle is? What would their Mother, the queen, have thought? After all, she had wanted them to share equally. Above all, she had always encouraged her children to be fare and close to one another. What was the Young Prince to do? He could make more money if he exercised the agreement his siblings had signed - although he knew in his heart that they wouldn't get a fair market share out of it. Or he could make less money (although he would still get a great deal) if he gave his siblings an equal share of what he knew the castle was really worth. How would the story end? Would the family live happily ever after? And how would the two older brothers feel about their youngest brother? He had always been good at bargaining. Would they think the Young Prince had treated them like lowly peasants? Would they respect him? How would the Youngest Prince feel about himself? Could he live with himself and how he had profited off his brothers and sister. Would he like the legacy he was creating for himself? Would he think he handled his mother's estate honorably? The ending of the story is up to the Young Prince. Obviously it's more than just a Fairy tale. So Young Prince, make sure you can feel good about what you decide.


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