“For the love of money is the root of all evil.” This has to be one of the most misquoted bible verses.
It clearly states that the love of money is the root of all evil, not money. Money is but only a medium of trade, a medium of exchange.
Money is neither good nor evil, how you choose to attain or use it is what can be termed as good or evil. The good or evil of money is basically a reflection of how you gain or use your money, whatever you choose to spend your money on is what can be termed as good or evil.
The same money that might be used to buy food for a hungry person you meet on the street, is the some money that might be used to buy weapons and start a war. The money is the same, the intentions of the owner of the money is what changes.
In this age we live money is not only good, but an essential in our everyday life. Money enables us to get the basic needs we require to stay alive. In our society today buying food, paying rent, going to a doctor are all made possible by money, thus money has become one of the most important, if not the most important, aspect of our lives. It is not debatable therefore that money can improve the quality of your life, and can even sometimes determine whether you live or not.
Even for those that believe that money is evil, and that it cannot buy happiness, isn’t it always better when you can pay your bills on time, eat good food, see a doctor when you are sick? Aren’t these the starting point of any good and happy life? It would be hard to argue that life wouldn’t be better if we had a little more money.
The secret is not letting the need, or the lack of money, determine how happy or unhappy you are. Life is full of other very many things that can make your life better and happier without the need for money. Family, friendship, kindness, love...all these are things that would make our lives little happier with no need for money.
In the end of it all it all depends on your character and intentions for wanting money. Having and earning money is not evil, but exploiting people in order to acquire money is. One person could have very little money and use it to do harm, while some other person could have all the money in the world and use it to help people who don’t have a lot of it. It all depends on what you do with the little or the much you have.
There is no shame in wanting more money, and having a lot of money, but there’s also nothing noble in having money and using it to oppress someone else. Let money enable you to do more good to yourself and to others.
Point to think about;
It is not the creation of wealth that is wrong, but the love of money for its own sake. Margaret Thatcher.