Money Is the Root of… A Lot of Good
Money Is the Root of
All Evil A Lot of Good
“Money is the root of all evil” is something that everyone and their mother has heard. As with all things, some have reverberated the statement without a second thought while others have spent a lot of time contemplating whether or not money really is the root of all evil. As someone who enjoys researching ways to get more money, how to invest it, and how to keep it, yours truly must certainly be a spawn of satan himself!?
Everyone is entitled to their own educated opinion, and mine is that money is NOT the root of all evil. Rather, money is…
What is Money?
Money is a tool! It acts as a trading medium to sell or buy goods or services that at least one of the parties finds to be valuable. This means that when most people acquire money, they have earned it through providing value to a person, a business, a community, or to the world. Assuming that said individual provided this value in a legal, ethical manner, then their act was not evil, in fact, it was probably virtuous. Once acquiring this money, the individual can spend it on whatever they find valuable. This could be food for their family, education for their children, or a new Pez candy dispenser (Pez and pop-rocks were the best when I was a kid).
Money Is a Means to an End, Not an End in Itself
People pursue money because it enables them to purchase something or to fund a certain lifestyle; this makes money a means to their end. Some may claim that money can be an end in itself if someone solely wants money for the sake of having more money, however, there probably is still an “end,” it is just not as apparent. This end could be a psychological need to feel a colossal amount of financial freedom, feel powerful, etc. While money itself is never evil, the intentions behind its use can be evil.
If someone throws a water-balloon at a sweet old lady, the water-balloon was not evil, nor was the money that purchased it. It was solely the action and intent that was evil (unless of course the old hag had it coming to her…JK we don’t condone violence…especially to the elderly…they’re great).
Is Wanting More Money Evil?
I did not ask him before writing this but I assume that Bill Gates would like more money, even though he’s been the richest man in the world. Bill would probably jump up and down and giggle like a little girl if he had an extra billion dollars. This would be one more billion that he could allocate towards the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to help eradicate another disease. Does this make Bill evil? Nope.
On the other end of the totem pole, many low income earners want more money too. This isn’t evil either. There is nothing wrong with wanting to provide a more comfortable environment for your family or to be able to afford a few gifts for loved ones at Christmas time.
To hopefully tie up a lose end, those of you who are religious may state that money is not in itself evil but as Timothy said: the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. I do not think that loving money has to be ‘evil’ but it can certainly be unfulfilling!
How Money Has Helped to Enable Good in My Life
While the adage that money cannot buy happiness is technically true, it can help to enable happiness and memorable experiences. In the past few years, having excess money in my life has contributed to:
• Trips and Travel! My fiancé and I loved our trip 2 years ago to Cali and Phoenix, AZ. Not long after Cali we went to Mackinaw Island in Michigan. Last year we also had an incredible time visiting Niagara Falls; we had a gorgeous view of the falls from our hotel.
• Development of marketable skills at college!
• Meaningful purchases that we’ll remember forever. Danielle’s engagement ring and our first home
• Stress free life without worry of failing to pay the bills.
• Hobbies we enjoy like rock climbing and biking.
Essentially what we’re getting at is, money doesn’t buy happiness but it does enable experiences. That is what brings value to our life.
So what do you think? Is money really the root of all evil?