Why/how is money evil?

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  1. D Shannahan profile image68
    D Shannahanposted 10 years ago

    Why/how  is money evil?

    people always say that money is the root of all evil so I would like to know why.  obviously the money its self is not evil, but what it does to people can be.  I want to know your opinions on the why exactly it is evil, what does it do that is so evil.

  2. nmdonders profile image72
    nmdondersposted 10 years ago

    Probably because people are willing to do evil things to get money.  People hurt others and even subject themselves to bad or hurtful things to get it.

    1. D Shannahan profile image68
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  3. Keith Engel profile image70
    Keith Engelposted 10 years ago

    People are evil, not the objects upon which they use, money being one such object.

    You could reverse this around and say that Love is the root of all evil for love can breed jealousy, infatuation, and other such matters that see people kill for it or do evil deeds to obtain it just like money or some other object upon which they desire.

    The root of all evil is irrationality.

    As far as your money question read this I have referenced it many times in my own articles.

    http://capitalismmagazine.com/2002/08/f … ey-speech/

  4. Nick Hanlon profile image61
    Nick Hanlonposted 10 years ago

    NOOOOO....THE LACK OF MONEY IS EVIL.If you can't pay for food or medicine then your up the proverbial creek.the more prosperous we have become,the less we have to worry about diseases,famine and war.

    1. Mr. Happy profile image80
      Mr. Happyposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      "Only After The Last Tree Has Been Cut Down
      Only After The Last River Has Been Poisoned
      Only After The Last Fish Has Been Caught
      Only Then You Will Find That Money Cannot Be Eaten"

    2. nextstopjupiter profile image60
      nextstopjupiterposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      Mr. Happy, I agree with you 100%!

    3. tom hellert profile image61
      tom hellertposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      Nick - awesome point..

  5. dghbrh profile image81
    dghbrhposted 10 years ago

    I do not think Money itself is evil. If one uses it for bad then it becomes evil. Then if uses bad means to get money then it becomes evil.

  6. Mazzy Bolero profile image68
    Mazzy Boleroposted 10 years ago

    I think in the Bible it actually says "the love of money is the root of all evil". Many wealthy people use this as a get-out clause.  They say, yes, I have millions while people are starving but I don't actually love the money and to prove it I give to charity at Christmas". 

    When the most powerful in a society put financial expedience over all other values, as is the case today, it does a lot of harm.  It cascades down the ranks of society and all of the decent, caring values get flattened beneath an avalanche of selfishness and greed.  That's my soapbox rant for today.  Now I can relax and have a cup of coffee smile

  7. lone77star profile image78
    lone77starposted 10 years ago

    Money isn't evil. It isn't the root of evil, either.

    Some people claim that religion is evil or the cause of all the world's problems. They miss the point, too.

    The real problem and source of evil in the world is ego. From ego springs all manner of bad motivation.

    Ego thrives on self-righteousness and being right. Ego is the sense of entitlement in things. Ego is the source of the decision to suicide or to murder. Ego lusts and is proud. Ego is greedy, glutinous and lazy. Ego will act tired when one has performed an arduous task; it wants all to know of the hardship to elicit sympathy. Ego is a sponge of sympathy, but also a fountain of it. Ego is the victim and the perpetrator. Ego is the good Pharisee and the bad sociopath.

    Money gives one a certain freedom and power. Ego loves these things. Without ego, money is merely a convenient tool, like a hammer or a spoon.

    If a person could give up all their possessions and money, and yet create a Trillion dollar fortune, they may well not have any ego attached to their money. In that case, money could become quite good, even in a divine sense. Someone who can ask God for anything and get it, needs no money, but can have all the money in the world.

    That's the difference between being at effect (ego; the problem) and being at cause (spiritual true self; the solution). Humility is the antidote to ego. Humility graciously accepts payment, but doesn't demand it, and never fears losing it.

    1. ChristinS profile image38
      ChristinSposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      Awesome! That truly sums up my feelings on this answer - stated very beautifully.

    2. tom hellert profile image61
      tom hellertposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      absolutely right on man...

  8. TIMETRAVELER2 profile image91
    TIMETRAVELER2posted 10 years ago

    Money is evil because it corrupts.  The temptations it poses are very hard for people to resist.  I once asked a rich man why wealthy people continue to invest, work, etc and he said it was because no matter how much money people have, they always want more.

    Having money, then, become s a goal in itself.  It becomes the reason for functioning, and it becomes an obsession.  With money comes power.  Ever wonder why rich people get things given to them but poor people have to pay for those things?  It's pretty clear.

    1. ChristinS profile image38
      ChristinSposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      then it would be the greed, not the money that is "evil" - Money is merely a tool, and much good is also done with it.  smile Many charities use money to provide to those in need etc.  I agree many people obsess and it becomes unhealthy though.

  9. chuckd7138 profile image74
    chuckd7138posted 10 years ago

    Money is not evil. The love of money, or greed, is what is evil. Money can buy one a house, but not a home. Money can buy an education, but not common sense. Money can buy many things, but not knowledge, wisdom or true friendship. Money is a useful and, in today's society, a much needed resource. It just shouldn't be the motivation for why we do things. I could go on and on. Maybe I should write a hub about my thoughts on the subject.

  10. ChristinS profile image38
    ChristinSposted 10 years ago

    Money is not evil, in fact the money itself, is worthless.  It's the value society places on money that gives it power, and people who are too greedy for power will often abuse money. 

    The belief that money itself is evil or bad, keeps many people struggling with it when it is merely a tool.  What the person does with the tool determines its good or evil.  Evil people as well as good people use money to achieve their goals.  I tend to focus on the good that can come from it smile

  11. SportsBetter profile image62
    SportsBetterposted 10 years ago

    Money is evil because it is not honest money.

    We are on Keynesian economic system, where debt is money. If we had sound money such as gold and silver, most likely this will be the case.

    Sure if we had gold and silver, some people would try to steal, some people would be greedy, but the money would be worth something of value.

    Our current dollar has lost 98% of its value over the last 100 years. Our purchasing power has gone down significantly.  If I bought an item in 1913 for $100 dollars, today that item would cost $2,317.96.  This is why money brings evil, because it holds no value.  The people with the most money benefit, the people with the least suffer.  If the money had value, people with less would still be able to live very comfortably.

  12. nextstopjupiter profile image60
    nextstopjupiterposted 10 years ago

    Our spaceship Planet Earth would be a much better place without money, because money is the cause for wars, poverty, environmental destruction, corruption, the list goes on and on ... This planet can only survive without this criminal financial system which is destroying our wonderful spaceship.

  13. maheshpatwal profile image63
    maheshpatwalposted 10 years ago

    I would say money is not the evil but it is the greed and circumstances of people which make them to do evil things for money........... sometimes due to circumstance they take wrong path for money, sometimes due to their hunger for fast money.

  14. profile image55
    Mohammad Wasimposted 10 years ago

    Exactly the money is the root of all evil. If you have enough money, then the inner part of your brain is going to be aggressive . Your simple and pleasure life will be disturbed. You look towards luxurious life. The money tease you to be addicted in drugs and alcohol to fulfil the requirements of high society. Money takes away the family life. No one will be sincere in family. Money divert the attention towards artificial life. You start to feel insecure and  need people around you for the entertainment.
    You will going to appoint guards , drivers , servants to feel secure . Money makes you proud and fanatic. Money push your maximum attention ,how to make more money. Your sound sleep , internal freedom , family life will be fully disturbed due to the cause of excessive money.

  15. ExpressFree profile image63
    ExpressFreeposted 10 years ago

    Money in itself is not evil but it is actually the way man handles the money,
    When a man's intention and actions are driven with the desire to have more money, being greedy without considering the welfare of others, then it is the time that money has cause evil...

  16. tom hellert profile image61
    tom hellertposted 10 years ago

    Money isan object some money is evil and it is cursed but that is few and far between -king tuts or black beards gold Judas' coins etc.  in general it is humans greed for money and some peoples ways of getting money that is evil. But a rich man can be no less righteous than a penniless man.  wealth does not corrupt greed corrupts, unlike absolute power corrupts abslutely absolute wealth does not absolutely corrupt


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