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Is money the root of all evil?

Updated on December 5, 2009

Can money be the root of all evil?

In short I say no! Money is not the root of all evil, or any evil for that matter. Evil is a human concept and thus we are its root! Anything destructive that happens that is not human created is a result of nature and is not technically evil, its just destructive. Wether you believe in a God or a Great Spirit or even just science and Mother Nature you usually would not call these forces good or evil, often God is thought to be the very essence of goodness and it would be considered blasphemous to call any act of God evil.

Money these days in technical terms is just bits of paper or metal, and fast becoming numbers on a computer screen. How can something so inanimate and lacking of desire or a concept of self be evil? Money is really just a concept of value, it represents something commonly associated with value. The bits of paper and metal in your wallet or purse, the numbers on a computer screen at your bank (for instance) are a representation of something else, commonly gold and other precious metals and stones.

So what is this relation between money and evil? A common belief regarding wealth is of greed and excess, we often think of political fat cats and greedy bankers and war mongering governments. We tend to attribute poverty to virtue, a simplicity of life, these people are the salt of the earth. These beliefs have a lot of basis in the actions of people the world over and through out history and are not often challenged. I would like to challenge these views here.

I purpose that wealth can be virtuous when used as a tool to help and improve the lives and education of others. With wealth you have much to offer your community and are in a position to help people in other countries when tragedy or disaster strikes. Those in poverty are in no such position. A person in poverty will struggle just to survive and will often need to rely on the generosity and social welfare of the society in which they live. 

These days in the build up western societies there is to be found a culture of welfare being given to those who maybe could work and a devaluation of an honest days work. These societies struggle with the challenge of helping those who truly deserve the help and those who are 'sponging off the system'. Many associate the pursuit of wealth to selfish reasons and fail to value that pursuit when it is motivated by a great feeling of compassion and the desire to have a position that makes giving an easy thing.

Many people are trying to use the internet to create wealth and struggle with it. If not completely then at least in part the struggle is with the perception of money and wealth. If your personal belief is that money is the root of all evil and are pursuing wealth how can you ever achieve your goal? Would not achieving your goal make you the 'greedy person' that you associate with wealth? If you should manage to achieve your goal will you allow yourself to keep that hard won goal? I believe that it is impossible for a person in this situation to both reach their goal and maintain it. My suggestion is that if a person wishes to experience a life of abundance and wealth they must examine their thoughts and feelings about wealth.

I believe that a life of abundance and wealth is every persons birth rite. I am enjoying my journey to abundance and feel great satisfaction when my experiences can help other people on a similar life journey. I look forward to the day when I can turn on the news and see some tragedy and not feel depressed at my inability to offer help. Instead I can have the feeling of being useful by collecting food or other supplies and joining with established charities to get those supplies to the people who need them. I would also love to be able to improve what poverty means in my local community so that it is not as scary a thing as it is today. I will not be able to do any of these things if I fear wealth or harbor negative feelings regarding wealth.

For me it is imperative that I believe both the journey to wealth as well as the goal itself is an exciting and noble pursuit so that I take both on with great energy and gusto! I hope that if you are thinking about self improvement and wealth you will think about these things and examine your thoughts and feelings too.

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      wldtky44 

      8 years ago from Great North Kingdom

      I love reading Kirstans writings. This one got so much feedback because it makes us look at ourselves.

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      Peace X 

      8 years ago

      Hi there

      You're comments are interesting to read and I understand why you reach that summary. But I can't agree that the earnest pursuit of financial strength is the way forward simply in the basis that I might be more generous towards the needy than others. And ofcourse an inanimate object is not evil. Is a gun or a bullet evil? I agree with you there, but how by being a part of the same system that we despise can we hope to make any significant and long lasting differance? We have to be the change that we want to see.

      If you wish to remove poverty then you have to remove wealth and here my friend, lies the dilemma...

    • kirstenblog profile imageAUTHOR

      kirstenblog 

      8 years ago from London UK

      Hi Bob. Thanks for the comment! Its been fun seeing how people react to the idea that money is not evil, it just is. Evil is a human thing, money being evil feels like a miss-direction to me, away from the fact that it really comes from us. Keeping people in poverty is a way of controlling those people and that is evil!

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      websites 

      8 years ago

      Just my personal opinion thesecondadvent, hast thou not become blind to the evidence of history? Shouldest thou turn a deaf ear to the cry of the souls of the past who were slaughtered by socialist pigs who promised peace and joy and happiness and oneness, only to deliver them to the sword of the dictator?

      It doth appear also unto me that thou hast forsaken any logic in your journey to so-called freedom, if the factories shall produce all things for all people and all people are setting on their fat rears being lazy, who shall build these great machines, who shall maintain them? Dost though deceive thyself and believe that a machine shall care for itself? Yet again I ask, are you blind to history? History has clearly shown us that without man a machine can not survive.

      Just a thought.

      Bob

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      thesecondadvent 

      9 years ago from chicago, illiniois

      My Dear Sweet Friend,

      Wow! We art just now coming back unto this. We shouldest have edited it then. Even so, surely we misstated what exactly we meant.

      First, money hast never ever been evil. That is a given. What we meant is that the LOVE OF MONEY is the root of ALL EVIL. And, in this sense, all mediums of exchange art considered money. That statement we made shouldest have read," the word money, is a catch all phrase for all mediums of exchange.

      Now, the FREE DAY REVOLUTION involveth no work by humans in the production of foods and things. We now possess the robotics, computers, and machines to mass produce any thing, and we doth mean anything. Thus, in FREE DAY, Love floweth like the "latter rain", for now, having been freed from the factories, fields, and places of production, we shall then be free to serve one another in Love. Ever senior shouldest possess their own home. Ever disabled person above a certain age should also.

      When all things art free unto all the world equally, we shall discover that there is no more need for war. The FREE DAY MANDATE is the only Way unto worldwide peace and equality. And, for us, that is the Kingdom of Heaven.

      Please accept our apology for not being as clear as we shouldest have.

    • kirstenblog profile imageAUTHOR

      kirstenblog 

      9 years ago from London UK

      TheSecondAdvent,

      You say that money is evil and that money is a catch all for itself and the things it buys. So the cornflakes I had this morning were evil as I had to buy them (they actually contain lots of sugar so some deception there, could be evil). You go on to say that the world worships money as a god and the things we do towards each other to attain money is evil, my challenge with this article is that thats whats evil, not the money itself but our relationship and feelings toward it.

      You say the free day revolution is the elimination of all mediums of exchange, making all things free equally. So if I understand this concept properly I could work a farm growing all manner of food, in the free day revolution the food I produced from back breaking labor could be taken by the lazy so and so who lives down the street because its all free? Why work and toil to produce something of value like food when it is going to be taken as free? I could just sit around all day and then go along and take a cow off some farmer for its meat? This sounds like anarchy to me. No one is going to work and produce if they can just take it from someone else instead.

      My belief is that money is not evil, it is a way of forcing order in this world when we are such anarchic beings. If there is evil then we are it, when we chose not to hold ourselves to high standards of behavior and think we have any rights to food, clothing, shelter and other needs without earning them. My challenge here was to maybe get people to stop blaming the concept of money for our own evils, be they laziness or gluttony or arrogance. Evil does not come from outside us, it comes from within each of us with our diligence to control and deny it.

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      thesecondadvent 

      9 years ago from chicago, illiniois

      My Dear Sweet Friends,

      The love of money is indeed the root of all evil. Money is a catch all for money itself as well as the things that money buyeth.

      The world worship money as a god, killing and doing all manner of wickedness towards each other to attain it and the conceptual power it possess. The FREE DAY REVOLUTION is the elimination of all mediums of exchange making all things free equally unto all mankind. No more money!

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      Kidgas 

      9 years ago from Indianapolis

      As with any inanimate object, money can be used for good purposes or not. It is strictly up to the individual using the object.

    • kirstenblog profile imageAUTHOR

      kirstenblog 

      9 years ago from London UK

      Very insightful comment pjk_artist, I totally agree! It is so easy to leave out some small detail that has a huge difference on the sentiment and meaning of a comment or saying and the results can be big sometimes.

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      pjk_artist 

      9 years ago from Turkey Point, ON

      Scripture would have us believe "The LOVE of money is the root of all evil." Fundamentalists like to leave out the LOVE part and say "money is the root of all evil" If all you care about is money...you're evil. If all you care about is improving the quality of yours and other's lives by USING money... you're good.

    • kirstenblog profile imageAUTHOR

      kirstenblog 

      9 years ago from London UK

      I would love that dohn121. It is a skill I watched my adopted mom use for many things as we produced things not money. Food really does have more value then money when you are hungry!

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      dohn121 

      9 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      Wonderful job, Kirsten. Maybe we should just all get out of a monetary system and revert back to bartering! What do you think?

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