Greed: A Fatal Desire

Greed: A Fatal Desire investigates humanities eternal hunt for gaining more stuff, a need so great for some that even the entire earth isn’t enough.

But how did greed come about and what is the psychology behind it? Some call it evolution, others a fault in the human genetic make-up. Why exactly is it some us feel like we never have enough and where is this self-indulgence leading?

From Buddhists and bankers to Eskimos and psychologists, we explore the phenomenon of greed with people from all walks of life.

“People like to have a lot of stuff because it gives them the feeling of living forever,” says American social psychologist Sheldon Solomon. He thinks we have to come to terms with our own mortality before we can break the cycle.

If understanding death and becoming more happy is the key to eradicating greed, then how do we do it? Can we simply stop being greedy by changing the way we think?

Although the documentary can’t supply all the answers, get a chance to understand greed and the long reaching hand of repercussions its had on humanity.

Greed: A Fatal Desire
  • Info
  • Release date2016
  • Full runtime
  • Director(s)Jörg Seibold
  • Production companyDeutsche Welle