A is for Avarice

Welcome to 7 Sins and friends, where each letter will be one of the rich diversity of emotions that we experience.

I choose avarice first because two of the sins start with G, so avarice will stand in for greed. The meaning is not the same, but they are related.

Avarice: insatiable greed for riches; inordinate, miserly desire to gain and hoard wealth.

Greed: excessive or rapacious desire, especially for wealth or possessions.

So they are related. Have you felt avaricious or greedy? I am always greedy for books, I love books. I have a fence with a community library now, to try to free more books from my clutches, back to other people, but I still have more books than bookshelves.


When I was in fourth grade, I won a summer library reading contest. The books were chosen from a list. The newspaper sent a reporter to take a picture. He started piling books on a table in front of me. I objected! He was piling up different books from the ones I’d read! He explained that it didn’t matter, it was just a picture…. I didn’t really approve but I let him take the picture with the wrong books.

Avarice makes me think of our present election and the people running. We seem to admire people who build great wealth for themselves, but don’t we admire those people who do brilliant things for the world and for other people more? What do you think? And what do you feel?

The photo is George White’s father: this George White. This is my mother’s mother’s father’s father. He and his wife raised a Congregationalist missionary, George White,  who witnessed the Armenian genocide in Turkey in the 1910s. My grandmother wept reading the romance Lorna Doone at age 16 as they left Turkey, not knowing that they were fleeing the country.



5 thoughts on “A is for Avarice

  1. I suppose I am with the crowd of book lovers. Nice word.

    Coming by from A-Z.
    Naila Moon of:
    Reading Authors-http://readingauthors.blogspot.com/
    Just the Stuff Ya Know-http://yaknowstuff.blogspot.com/

  2. kentuckygal50 says:

    Hi Katherine, I am following you now from the A to Z Challenge. I am greedy for good books too! I’m expecting Amazon to cut me off from buying “bargain” books any day now. :p I get most of my books from the internet, because the closest book store is more than 30 miles away (as the crow flies). It’s probably 5-10 miles longer having to take the roads – they are very twisty out here in rural Kentucky!

    I think we should admire people who make the world a better place for others and/or everyone over admiring people who only make the world better for themselves. Unfortunately the pack of candidates seem to lean towards the “me, me, me” side of that scale. :/

    LuAnn (approx #374 on the list) @ Back Porchervations.
    (and one of co-host AJ Lauer’s #wHooligans)

    • drkottaway says:

      oooo… I get a lot of my books at garage sales in our town of 9000, though I got four wonderful books for my birthday. One was a 1925 English-Dansk-Norsk “ordbog” to translate for my Danish patients. The others are new. I am reading a gossipy history of Seattle written in 1951 and appallingly racist about anyone who is not anglo-european. I hide in books when the candidates are too appalling!! I will look in on yours!

  3. HesterLeyNel says:

    A great start to the challenge. I grew up in a small country community and love books – I love your expression “greedy for books”. Yes, I understand that feeling. I will be following your A-Z challenge posts. Thank you for a great read.

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