Everyone knows the saying; ‘money is the root of all evil’. I believe that is only part of the truth. The whole truth is; ‘LACK of money is the root of all evil.’
If you examine all the things that make you, or anyone unhappy, how much of that could change if you had unlimited funds. True, you may still have your physical limitations, but you will also have the opportunity to try anything and visit the best doctors in the world, and maybe find a cure.
I examine everything that makes a person unhappy and have found, with the rare exception of an incurable disease, that it is all about lack of money. How many fights are founded on money, or not having enough or feeling like you do not have enough and just wanting more.
Even a terminal illness can be changed with money. Take Steve Jobs for example, the founder of Apple computers. Anyone else with his pancreatic cancer would have died over a decade before he did, and they would have been in so much pain they could not do the most menial tasks. He lived at least a decade longer and built the most valuable company in the world, all because he had unlimited money to get the best care he could.
If we blame or attribute our unhappiness to anything other than the truth, we will feel helpless and stuck and thus suffer more.
However, if we examine objectively and honestly what causes our frustration, anger, conflicts, pain, suffering, and what could change it so that we would not be in that situation, we would find money is ultimately the answer.
Money cannot buy love, but it will put you in a better mood, allow you to have the things to feel better about yourself, travel, join clubs and do other things to get you ‘out there’. Money may not buy love, but if you are depressed and stuck at home because you cannot afford to do things, it can change your feelings and circumstances such that you have a real chance to find love.
Certainly, some people just love to be miserable, and others could be given a great fortune and still be miserable but, at least we can see a cure for the majority of our misery, and if it does not cure it, we can afford to get some respite for a period of time. Given enough of a break from our pain, it is probable that our overall mood can be transformed.
If we do not suffer, we will not make everyone around us suffer either.
Who wants to fall in love with a miserable person?
Take a happy marriage, and add to that a financial disaster. What happens most of the time? Fights, disagreements, and eventually divorce. Of course there are those who stick together through difficult times, but those are exceptions. It is not hard to find infinite examples of people who had a great relationship until money troubles came up.
How many parents treat their children badly because they are stressed about earning enough money to support their family. What happens when a family man loses his job? How do many women react when their husband loses his job? Be honest about humans, not your imagination of yourself, even if you may be an exception. As well, consider the times of the world, how people are different in today’s world than they were 50 years ago as well as in different cultures.
If we know the truth behind our pain, then we can easily conquer it because we can work directly on fixing the cause of the problem rather than doing things to distract us from the pain when those distractions usually just make the cause of the problem worse.
Suffering is alleviated when we know the real cause. If we reduce the pain enough, we can get to work to fix the problem, which means regain our motivation and spark for life because hope returns when truth is found.
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There is the story of a preacher who got up one Sunday and announced to his congregation: “I have good news and bad news. The good news is, we have enough money to pay for our new building program. The bad news is, it’s still out there in your pockets.”
So most, if not everything is related to money, so why is money seen as the root of all evil, and worse, love is dragged into this biology of who’s the root and who’s the stem. But first, the phrase “money is the root of all evil” is one of the most misused one in history.
I agree to a large extent that the love of money is not the root of evil. Money is just a value to measure things. People in the olden days at first used items with the same value to buy something. This progressed into using seashells to buy items. The methods mentioned are also like money, but they were not called money. Even if the system of money was abolished, theft would still be possible; contract killing would still be possible. This is because of other stuff like gold and silver. They are also money. Money itself is divided in to fiat (which is the paper money) and commodity money. So whether you like it or not, a civilized society cannot function without money.
Money is a tool of exchange, which cannot exist unless there are goods and men to produce them. It is based on the principle that men who wish to deal with one another must do so via trade and give value for value. So isn’t the love for it what you call evil?
DISCLAIMER : Views expressed above are the author's own.
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