Avarice is an evil passion, and for that reason it cannot create. Man's spiritual nexus is weakened when avarice becomes the motive power of a civilization. The greater the material wealth, strength and prosperity conferred by such a civilization, the less potent is the spiritual power of man.

Rabindranath Tagore, Subverting Greed by Paul Knitter, editor, Chandra, editor Muzaffar, editor