Ours is a society full of greedy souls, the greedy ones. This greed exposes itself not so much in individual dealings in big and expensive stuff, but rather in small ways in which we interact with each other. We want to receive from each other but we are most reluctant to give to one another. The greedy ones attend village weddings uninvited and demand food and drinks while they are unwilling to give a present to the bride or groom. They don’t want to help in anyway during the celebration. No washing of the dishes or helping to prepare the meal like those who came before us used to do. When you organise a party or invite people to your house for dinner or a meal, the greedy ones will appear empty handed ready to eat and run. When our ladies are invited for “bridal showers”, “kitchen parties” or “baby showers” the naked greed is revealed. People are appointed “organisers”, which in reality means “contributors”, and large amounts of money are required from such organisers. Pressure is then exerted on an organiser and presents demanded. The sad thing is that in many of the cases such pressure comes someone who is not even close to you. A person may not know you very well actually but they will try as much as they can to extract as much money from you as they can.
Those getting married or those having birthday celebrations also sometimes make demands. They demand presents and get rather grumpy when none are given. Sometimes this greed is demonstrated when one meets you in the streets, at a mall or anywhere at all and attempts to steal your clothes right off your back! It all begins with a disguised compliment, something like: “Ke rata ditlhako tsa gago!” Or “Jakete ya gago e ntle jang mma!” When you smile and delight at the attention and appreciation, the greedy one pounces: “E mphe tlhe mma!” “Ke a e kopa tlhe rra!”What the greedy one is saying is: “What you are wearing is good on you but I want it for myself. I am envious of how well you look and therefore I want to take that good look away from you.” Indeed the greedy ones are amongst us; the greedy ones have already been born.