Greed is a difficult topic. Besides its negative meaning, when it becomes obsessive, people’s wants often are a positive stimulus for innovation. One can say that all people are greedy in a way. It is a human quality.
It becomes a problem though when an addict only experiences social belonging among people with the same addiction while jeopardizing the needs of others to accomplish this.
Bonuses divided among top executives and the theft of a car radio by a drug addict are basically the same criminal acts. We should have the courage to prosecute both crimes, because both jeopardize fulfilment of our basic needs and even the structure of our society as a whole.
Over time most people will see greed as a crime against humanity. From an evolutional perspective the Magna Carta Institute nowadays is to be expected to hold residence close to the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague, Netherlands, the permanent tribunal to prosecute individuals for genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes, and the crime of aggression. Since all, or at least most people are greedy in a way, we hope that the ICC will see that greed itself already imprisons offenders of this crime until enlightenment.
Since the Magna Carta Institute also requires governments to proclaim the human right and obligation to develop oneself and accept that this could also be bound by the law, Magna Carta once again, like in 1215, explicitly protects this rights of citizens, whether free or fettered, most notably the writ of habeas corpus*), this time allowing appeal against unlawfull imprisonment as a punishment for their greed. Therefore imprisonment will be marked as unlawful when and if the offended takes responsibility for self development beyond the greed that imprisones the mind in the first place. As a consequence of this generous right the offended practices ‘dana’, the act of generosity and hands over excess property, that resulted from the act of greed that was hold against the offended, to the Magna Carta Brother Hood Foundation.