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Everybody Else’s Biggest Problem: Bucks are Brains

Everybody Else’s Biggest Problem: Bucks are Brains

Welcome to the second installment of act two of author Ted Scofield’s on everybody else’s biggest problem but your own. If you missed one or more of the previous installments, you can find them here.

In Act One of this greed epic, we determined that as a society we cannot define the term. Each of us has an individual definition of greed that does not include us and, as our socio-economic situation evolves, so does our perception of greed, leaving us forever outside its grasp. It’s our life-long refrain, with rotating boogeymen: The other guy is greedy. I am not.

In Act Two we’re…

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Everybody Else’s Biggest Problem: Don’t Worry, Buy Happy

Everybody Else’s Biggest Problem: Don’t Worry, Buy Happy

Welcome to the first installment of act two of author Ted Scofield’s series on everybody else’s biggest problem but your own. If you missed one or more of the previous installments, you can find them here.

In Act One of the greed drama, we first examined fascinating data that consistently show that, collectively, we channel Bernie Sanders, emphatically believing that greed is a major problem in our nation. But, at the same time, individually it is not our problem. Multiple data sets confirm that a healthy percentage of us admit to anger, lust, laziness and a host of other frailties and vices. But greed?…

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Everybody Else’s Biggest Problem, Pt. 12: Recap of Part One

Everybody Else’s Biggest Problem, Pt. 12: Recap of Part One

Welcome to the twelfth installment of author Ted Scofield’s series on everybody else’s biggest problem but your own. If you missed one or more of the previous installments, you can find them here. The next installment will be posted on Tuesday, January 5, 2016.

I guess it all started with the book reviews.

When Eat What You Kill debuted in 2014, just about every review referenced greed. This one is typical: “Ted Scofield’s debut novel is a tale of the greed, envy, and the dangers of giving in to the alluring temptress that is Wall Street.”

Interviewers asked about it. Book clubs wanted…

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Everybody Else’s Biggest Problem, Pt.  11: The Law of the Land

Everybody Else’s Biggest Problem, Pt. 11: The Law of the Land

Welcome to the eleventh installment of author Ted Scofield’s series on everybody else’s biggest problem but your own. If you missed one or more of the previous installments, you can find them here. New installments will be posted every two weeks, on Tuesdays.

On our quest for a collectively applicable definition of greed, we have reached the ninth and final factor we will examine before moving on to the second leg of our adventure.

The law, as in the law of the land, not the Law of God or the unofficial little-l laws of society. It’s our least common denominator, the lowest…

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Everybody Else’s Biggest Problem, Pt.  10: The Perverse Incentive

Everybody Else’s Biggest Problem, Pt. 10: The Perverse Incentive

We’ve made it to the tenth installment of author Ted Scofield’s series on everybody else’s biggest problem but your own. If you missed one or more of the previous installments, you can find them here. New installments will be posted every two weeks, on Tuesdays.

On a quest for a generally applicable definition of greed, we’re working our way through nine common attributes or factors frequently raised in the discussion, and today we’ve reached our penultimate concept, best articulated by a Mockingbird conference participant last April: “You are greedy if you want, take, or have more than you’ve earned.”

It’s a comfortably logical…

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Everybody Else’s Biggest Problem, Pt. 9: The Man in the Mirror

Everybody Else’s Biggest Problem, Pt. 9: The Man in the Mirror

Don’t miss this ninth installment of author Ted Scofield’s series on everybody else’s biggest problem but your own. If you missed one or more of the previous installments, you can find them here. New installments will be posted every two weeks, on Tuesdays.

“On Wall Street, a Culture of Greed Won’t Let Go,” The New York Times headline warned on July 16, 2013.

Turns out that “industry insiders,” 250 of them, responded to an online survey and 23% said that “they had observed or had firsthand knowledge of wrongdoing in the workplace.” But if the horror of purloined paper clips didn’t convince you, the Times…

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Everybody Else’s Biggest Problem Pt. 8: My Needs, Your Greeds

Everybody Else’s Biggest Problem Pt. 8: My Needs, Your Greeds

Welcome to the eighth installment of author Ted Scofield’s series on everybody else’s biggest problem but your own. If you missed one or more of the previous installments, you can find them here. New installments will be posted every two weeks, on Tuesdays.

Here in Manhattan there’s a long waiting list for Gucci’s $995 kangaroo-fur-lined unisex leather slipper with horse bit detail, the must-have fall footwear, “fashion’s brass ring of the season.”

“But I need a pair in size 11 before the weekend,” I overheard a desperate gentleman tell a sympathetic Bloomingdale’s sales associate last week. “Can you call another store? I…

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Everybody Else’s Biggest Problem, Pt 7: Let’s Blame the Other Guy!

Everybody Else’s Biggest Problem, Pt 7: Let’s Blame the Other Guy!

Don’t miss this seventh installment of author Ted Scofield’s series on everybody else’s biggest problem but your own. If you missed one or more of the previous installments, you can find them here. New installments will be posted every two weeks, on Tuesdays.

We’re searching for a collectively applicable definition of greed and, to help us do so, we’re investigating nine commonly cited concepts associated with the condition.

Last time we looked at relativity and learned that economically we compare ourselves to people just ahead of us in wealth and, comforting for our consciences, somebody always has more than we do, allowing us…

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Everybody Else’s Biggest Problem, Pt. 5: You’re Gonna Need A Bigger Boat

Everybody Else’s Biggest Problem, Pt. 5: You’re Gonna Need A Bigger Boat

Welcome to the fifth installment of author Ted Scofield‘s series on everybody else’s biggest problem. If you missed one or more of the previous installments, you can find them here. New installments will be posted every two weeks, on Tuesdays.

Before you dive headlong into this latest installment on everybody else’s biggest problem, please take a moment to answer one quick question: Considering your current annual income, how much more money do you need to feel comfortable?

We’re examining nine common responses to the question, What is greed? Think of them as nine attributes of the concept or, perhaps more fittingly, nine…

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Everybody Else’s Biggest Problem, Pt 4: Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?

Everybody Else’s Biggest Problem, Pt 4: Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?

Welcome to the fourth installment of author Ted Scofield’s series on everybody else’s biggest problem but your own. If you missed one or more of the previous installments, you can find them beginning here. New installments will be posted every two weeks, on Tuesdays.

Ann is a single, 50 year old entrepreneur. She invented a cost-efficient, biodegradable car battery that will transform the energy industry and measurably slow global warming.

Tesla’s Elon Musk bought the patent from Ann; from the sale she netted $1 billion in cold, hard cash.

Ann promptly identified a group of respected, low-overhead charities that help starving children, cancer…

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Everybody Else’s Biggest Problem, Pt. 3: How Much Is Too Much?

Everybody Else’s Biggest Problem, Pt. 3: How Much Is Too Much?

This is the third installment of author Ted Scofield’s series on everybody else’s biggest problem. To start from the beginning, go here. To read the second installment go here. 

When the people feared that Moses had abandoned them to die in the desert, they gathered around Aaron and said, “Come, make for us gods!” and from their jewelry Aaron forged a golden calf, and they worshipped it.

Wayne Rauh and his wife D’Ann own eighty Dodge Vipers, including one that is painted gold, “the only gold Viper in the world.”

It’s likely the Rauhs have spent well over $7 million for their Vipers and…

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Everybody Else’s Biggest Problem, Pt. 2: The Collapse of Human Civilization

Everybody Else’s Biggest Problem, Pt. 2: The Collapse of Human Civilization

This is the second installment of author Ted Scofield’s series on “everybody else’s biggest problem.” If you missed his introduction to the series, you can read it here. New installments will be posted every two weeks, on Tuesdays.

“The United States has become a greedier, meaner, colder, more selfish, and more uncaring place. This is no wild inferential speculation but, rather, the informed consensus of the American people.” – James Patterson & Peter Kim, The Day America Told the Truth

“James Patterson is an American author with a net worth of $350 million … Patterson earned $90 million in the last 12…

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