So in other words, do we become more sleazy the more we seek out money? Well, yes. Look at any modern televangelist day to day operations. They're some of the most vile and slimy people you'll find who aren't directly on Wall Street. Money corrupts and degrades everyone and everything, eventually.
It seems these days that economic development knows no boundaries. People will bend or break the rules nearly every time, to make as much as much profit as they can. It is basically what we are taught since we were little. This behavior has been going on since the beginning of time.
Economic development can go along with social values or lack there of. Development of economics can have a massive influence over how a culture can progress. As economic awareness grows there is a massive decrease in social values as it relates to other people. This is related to self preservation and lack of social responsibility.
Our culture revolves around economic development. Although economic development is certainly important and necessary, it is also leading to the degradation of social values. It has lead to a "me" culture, where everyone is focused only on themselves and their own economic development. People want to make as much money as they can, and they want to keep as much as they can. As a result, people generally are less inclined to help those who need help, especially if it means increasing the taxes and taking from what they have 'earned'. Since people are putting their own welfare in front of everyone else, social values are degrading.
The pursuit of economic development is related to the degradation of social values in some ways. For example, too much competitiveness and no cap leads to companies like Walmart shutting virtually all the smaller businesses down and lower the wages for every day workers who then have to resort to being employed by these people.