Money is the Root of All Evil- Monetary Issues Leads to Crime and Deviance
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MONEY IS THE ROOT OF ALL EVIL
Although money is good at times, it is basically the root of all evil. I think it would be better to say that the root of all evil is not money itself but people’s desire for money, which they could use to improve their own status, either greed to increase one’s status, or jealousy over losing in the status game to others. The Bible does not say that money is bad. What it does say is that it is "the love of money is the root of all evil." Over time money has shaped many people into greedy human beings who put others down, simply because they don’t have the same things.
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Now, those who have money are not always that happy, as they say “Money can't buy happiness, but it can buy you the kind of misery you prefer.” They can never get enough of everything, they always seem to desire newer and better products which they think will ultimately make them happy.
Soon the individuals, who make hardly anything, somehow find a way to make more, sometimes it often leads to stealing or even selling themselves. Their goal is constantly on finding becomes a way to keep the money coming in. Their interests disappears from their activities and family for example the father keeps on searching for money by getting side jobs and sooner or later he forgets everything else including his family, instead of going to the park, watching movies and other family activities he is constantly looking for more money . The wealthy lose their interest in time that should be spent with their families, or even lose interest in their life. Their main activity then becomes what to spend the hundreds or even thousands of dollars on today and think of how to make more to make up for what they just spent.
But money isn’t all that bad. Money is simply “anything that is generally accepted as payment for goods and services and repayment of debts.” Its main purpose is an instrument of exchange, helping to buy, sell and also in fixing a value on things. Money gives one
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Many of us have grown up with certain myths about money. Indeed, whenever I speak to people and ask them about these myths, one of the most common ones that people carry around is that ‘money is the root of all evil’.
We have heard this in church, mostly, as this phrase is allegedly taken from the Bible
Can you see the dilemma here? On one hand we want to make money, but on the other hand we believe it is the root of all evil.
When you inherently believe this, you will subconsciously shy away from opportunities to make money, or you may want to get rid of it as fast as possible, so you find yourself spending it.
You may also only notice people have made money through corrupt means, causing you to think that it is only evil people who acquire it.
Imagine having Sh1, 000 in your hand, looking at it and thinking it is evil; you will want to get rid of it. But can that piece of paper in your hand really be evil? As a piece of paper it wields no power other than what you give it.
Love of money
Let’s go back to the Bible: The verse actually reads, “The love of money is the root of all evil”. Once read the right way, it starts to make sense. Let me show you some examples.
We live in a society that loves money, loves having money and glorifies those with money.
Many people have made money their priority, and this is the problem. I have said this before and I will say it again: Money is a tool or resource for your life. It is not your life. It can be evil if you make it your life (hence love it) or the objective of your existence. We do this by prioritising making money over everything else.
Imagine a household where the parents are always at work or doing something or the other in search of money.
Time together as a couple is compromised; time with family is compromised and many times, even their own health is compromised.
They are deluded into thinking that if they reach a certain status or level of finances, they will spend time on these other things.
They don’t realise that money is a moving target; it will never be enough. If you make a million, you want five. If you make 10 million, you want 20. If you get addicted to the attention that money brings, you always need to make more or buy something bigger to retain the attention.
The child who grows up in that family will be resentful because of all the time the parents spend with the other child called money.
If his relative happens to whisper, “Money is the root of all evil,” this child will obviously believe it because he feels neglected. But it was never the money or even the process of making money.
It was his parents who chose to value money above him. Our pursuit of wealth has to be grounded deeper in something more than just making money.
What is important to you and why you are making this money are questions that have to be answered. Many people say they want their families to have a better life.
It doesn’t matter how materially successful the parents turn out to be; the fact is, absence of quality time with his parents has not made this child’s life better, but worse.
The pursuit has actually taken them further from their goal. When you understand what you truly value, how you make money will not compromise that. You will make and use the money as tool to get where you want, not further from where you want.
The danger of love of money is also shown when we begin to adore destination rather than process. We speak of wealthy people and want to know what they have now as opposed to what they went through.
The real gem in making money is the process, not the destination or millions in the bank account. Wealth creation is not the Range Rover or luxury villa; it is a process of character building.
The process of hard work, commitment and so forth are values that will filter into other areas of life, and validation will come from knowing that one has internal resources that they have strengthened should they ever lose what they have now and need to build wealth again.
Validation will not come from people’s admiration of one’s money, which can easily be lost should one lose it all. A phrase by Suze Orman holds very true: Don’t love money and use people. Use money and love people.