Originally Posted by Beingist
I'll admit, that I've harbored resentment in the past towards those whose motive is profit (which indicates selfishness to me), but I'm working on that, and easing up, as such a motive is often accompanied by a motive to simply survive and function in the world. However, I still have to get over the hipocrisy of those (and I've known a few) who, on the one hand, claim they're "providing value", while in truth, they're just in it for the buck, as witnessed by their actions. Honestly, I have more respect for one who admits unabashedly that they're just in it for the buck. At least they're not hipocrits.
As an aside, I don't think anyone can be in a career strictly for the value, nor can anyone be in it strictly for the money. But both must usually be present to some extent. One cannot be in a line of work that doesn't allow them to support themselves for obvious reasons, but I don't think many people can stay in a career that they feel is immoral or doesn't contribute anything, either.
Anyway, the main motivation for a career usually has nothing to do with either of these things - it's more about what you enjoy doing day after day. You're probably going to have a longer career as an apple farmer if you enjoy spending your days outdoors and learn about plants than if you just believe deep down that the world would be a better place with more apples. Similarly, I suppose traders are in it primarily for the pleasure of solving mathematical problems, or for the thrill of handling large sums of money, or for the people they get to meet in the industry, or for the unusual work hours. Mundane stuff, like the rest of us.