Money & Poverty, Which Is Truly The Root Of All Evil?
There is a growing trend of blaming money for all the world’s ills.
Humans aren’t always the most trusting, and when our individual circumstances take a downturn, we often tend to seek fault elsewhere. Economically, that usually involves blaming the system. For three millennia, we have found money a favorite target to blame.
In such circumstances, you might quickly change your opinion about money from favorable to even spiteful. Although there are situations when an individual finds themselves in very difficult financial situations for reasons beyond their own control, many people who feel angry about money (or the lack thereof) find it easier to accept a victim mentality. If they can blame someone else (the system, the rich, the politicians, the government, etc.), they don’t have to come to terms with their own ineffective or even harmful behavior in the past.
The root of all evil is not money, it’s poverty.
Money is an indispensable part of our lives. Money has to be earned! The root of evil is people who want the unearned money. Saying “MONEY IS THE ROOT OF ALL EVIL” is like blaming your tools; it’s very embarrassing. A similar statement: “Computers (or tech) is a curse.”
First of all, your comment that “money is the root of all evil” is a misquote. You’re referencing 1 Timothy 6:10 from the Bible, which is usually translated as “For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil” or simply “for the love of money is the root of all evil.” Not money itself, but the love of money.
Money does not cause evil, poverty does.
Money is NOT the root cause of ALL evil. The only reason ‘evils’ like world hunger and poverty exist is because of a lack of money so it could be argued that it is the cause, but in reality, did hitler suddenly decide to start a war with the world because of money? No, he didnt, he did it for power. Evil people do evil things and use money to aid them but the money itself is not the cause. Even something as small as a one pound coin can make someone happy. The truth is that different people have different reactions to money, some share, some keep and others use it to cause pain in others but once again its the individuals decision on what he or she would like to do with that money. Other evil deeds are not caused by money, but by the person who decides to cause suffering in others.
As far as I can see, money isn’t good or evil, it is simply an amplifier. A single poor person cannot cause much harm, even with terrible intent. But a corporation, loaded with cash, can sicken and kill thousands of people, or even millions through negligence or the pursuit of profit. When people have a great deal of money, it can lead them to let their bad habits have free reign, with nothing to control their worst impulses and addictions.