IS it ? IS it really ? … personally I beg to differ, especially since people often misquote and leave out the crucial “The love of” and “all kinds” … Context is often everything, and misquoting is, well, verging on lying really !
“Money is the root of all evil”
IS NOT CORRECT, from what I understand the correct quote is :
“For the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil.“
– Timothy 6:10
My interpretation of the “real” quote is – the lust for or addiction to money, is the root of all kinds of evil. ie Greed. Not money itself.
I might rewrite the quote, for a “truer” statement :
“An obsessive or compulsive desire to possess money is often at the root of many evils”
SO ! – I’m very much not convinced that “all evil” has at it’s root cause as “money”. After all there are those who carry out despicable acts, and aren’t doing it “for the money”. A suicide bomber for instance, isn’t doing it for the money or because of money, more likely he’s a fanatic who’s been spun a yarn – a lie he believes so strongly he’d kill himself and innocent others for it.
Money is at the end of the day just a representation of value. In days of yore money was made from precious metals like silver and gold. People used money to save time and hassle in business transactions. I mean if I want to buy a new iPhone, it’d be a real hardship to drive 20 sheep 300 miles to a city in order to pay for it. That’s about efficiency. Imagine the queues at the Apple store if we were still paying for things like that … what a picture that conjures in my mind !
When I say business I’m talking about every currency transaction carried out by man, or woman. Not some far off business man in an ivory tower ! YES YOU AND ME. Perhaps you prefer “commerce” or some other word where there’s an exchange of value, personally I just call it business.
Some business transactions would be simply impossible without money. If I want to sell a house in one country, and buy one in another country – virtually impossible without money, because shipping a whole house thousands of miles by sea is utterly ridiculous, in all but the most obscure circumstances.
Money is used to pay for a heart operation to save a baby’s life – is that evil ? No it’s not.
Money is used to pay for the food you eat, the heating for your home and the clothes you wear – all these things are necessary to stay alive – is that evil ? No it’s not.
Money is a how we live our lives, not why we live out lives.
So money itself is a way to make our lives easier and simpler. Efficiency, basically. For the greater good. It wasn’t invented by some evil genius who concocted a scheme to ensnare us all into cruelty, wickedness and evil ! People are perfectly capable of being evil without it.
It’s VERY possible that it’s wicked and evil to be saying “Money is the root of all evil”, because it gives those who believe it a distorted picture of how the world really is.
AND I’m not unaware that people do carry out evil actions in order to obtain money. That’s evil people, not the money itself. It’s the people who’re to blame, not the money itself. There are good and bad people in the world, money is not the problem …
Money – the root of all evil ? Or just a way for human beings to exchange value ?
(Please note – Don Charisma is already saved … or put another way – I have little patience for being preached to, I’m can and do reach my own conclusions on what I do or do not think)
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