[quote="sandomenico, post:12, topic:276781"]
I do not think those quotes from Rerum Novarum say what you want them to say, nor do they answer the original question.
This does not, however, justify Greed: to gather things to excess; to take rather than to give.
And how is one to judge if another is greedy or making as much as possible in preparation for bad times and replacement of assests that are depreciating and research into a better product and market research and...............
Often greed focuses outside oneself - the greedy individual does not give to others; he has a severe lack of Charity. However, it also extends to oneself, and often goes by the name Gluttony.
And what god out here is able to tell if a person is greedy; who can see the heart of man
One may not gorge himself on profits any more than he may glut himself on wine, sandwiches, women, leisure, or any other person, place or thing. Anything in this world can be misused for the wrong purposes - even down to atoms. Why should profits be exempt from such treatment?
Profits should not; policing them should be.
Quoting Abu, quoting Pope Benedict, " Society does not have to protect itself from the market, as if the development of the (market} were ipso facto to entail the death of authentically human relations... Therefore it is not the Instrument (the market) that must be called ot account, but individual, their moral conscience and their peronsal and social responsibility"
People must be regulated by their (personal) conscience - NOT the government. It is insanity to allow the government to be involved in business especially the service business.
Is it impossible that a man could legally
gather incredible personal profit, yet still be doing his fellow man a grave injustice through greed?
I just can not understand why not. In fact, one with an "incredible personal profit" will do more than you or I can do to help others whether he is greedy or not. How possibly does he do his fellow man an injustice? Please please please answer this; I am entriqued by such a proposition
Profit should be accompanied by knowledge of one's (and one's company's) needs [also called business and personal expenses], and the needs of one's society [also called charity].
What is your basis for "....should be..." should be accompanied by.... what is the objective what is the bonum?????
To neglect any of these is to be derelict in one's duty to oneself, to one's employees/employers, and to one's fellows.
And who the policeman to oversee this? And who is to determine if one is following your mandate? Where is this god or these gods?
Leo XIII himself uses the term "necessity" regarding profits. What on earth would happen if profit were morally limited only by one's desires?
What are you asking? "....if profit was 'morally' limited??????? can you give an example?
I would suggest that profits be unlimited; in fact, i would encourage that they be unlimited. We will have more jobs, better products, better living standards, be relations with each other........... may I go on.
God love you all,