What stood out for me the most is the way they care about and support each other. They care much less about money and much more about community and connection. Even in very cold weather, school is conducted partially outside, so that children learn to appreciate the beauty of nature and care about the planet. Watching a teacher with her young students was incredibly inspiring! The level of kindness and caring everyone showed moved me to tears. Altruism has a very high value for them.
How does this relate to greed?
The hidden cause of greed is inner emptiness. Inner emptiness occurs when people disconnect from their feelings, from each other, and from a spiritual source of love, truth and wisdom.
Our feelings are an inner source of guidance, letting us know when we are loving ourselves and others, and when we are rejecting and abandoning ourselves. When we abandon ourselves by avoiding responsibility for our feelings with our various addictions - such as judging ourselves and others; using substances and processes to numb our feelings, or making others, money or achievements responsible for our feelings of safety and worth - we create inner emptiness.
Our society pushes us to accumulate more and more things, playing on this inner emptiness. Schools foster it by valuing external achievements more than kindness, caring, honesty and integrity.
When people don't have a connection with their own feelings, which is the aspect of the soul that is within our body, they lose touch with the fact that on the spiritual level we are all one. By disconnecting with themselves, they feel separate from others - seeing others as one up or one down, as more than themselves or less than themselves. By not experiencing our oneness, disconnected people can do untold harm to others and to the planet. They believe they are well only if they accumulate more and more. Hence"greed.
Disconnection from spirit within and around us leads to disconnection from others and from nature, which results in desperate feelings of emptiness and aloneness within.
There are some very wealthy people who are humanitarians, receiving great joy from helping others. For example, as Other98 reported, millionaire Harris Rosen adopted one of the poorest neighborhoods in Orlando, Florida, paying for daycare for all children, and giving college scholarships to all high school graduates. The high school graduation rate went from 25% to 100% in Tangelo Park, FL. How wonderful it would be if more wealthy people used their money to help others. But too many of our very wealthy have lost their sense of caring and see others as just objects to be used for their own gratification.