IN my last year on Wall Street my bonus was $3.6 million — and I was angry because it wasn’t big enough. I was 30 years old, had no children to raise, no debts to pay, no philanthropic goal in mind. I wanted more money for exactly the same reason an alcoholic needs another drink: I was addicted.
This might be the most compelling article you’ll read this year. A look at the greed on Wall Street from a unique perspective: that of a man who has had both the experience of being a drug addict and a high-flying, adrenaline-craving trader in the financial capital of America. He contemplates greed from a medical and psychiatric perspective. However, there is also an emotional and spiritual dimension: how people turn to addiction to fill the void inside. It reminds me of the claim made by the controversial yet influential psychiatrist Dr William Glasser, that all psychological abnormalities are caused by the lack of love or of a sense of being worthwhile to oneself and others. While his claims are far-fetched, I do believe that psychiatrists are often too quick to prescribe pills when the underlying problem is not pharmacological or biochemical, but spiritual in nature. Sometimes it is the soul that needs healing, and we need to take the time to find inner healing. We need to work through our deepest issues rather than succumb to the modern temptation to resort to a quick fix, like popping a pill.
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