Money is the Root of All Evil by Keith Julius
We’re all aware of the phrase “Money is the root of all evil.” It’s been around for ages, having originated in 1 Timothy of The Bible, but many people misquote it. The actual phrase is “For the LOVE of money is the root of all evil.” I emphasize the word love because, let’s face it, money of itself cannot be evil. It is an inanimate object and, as such, is neither good nor bad, saintly nor evil. Money serves a purpose in our lives, is a commodity we all need to survive, and while some may consider it a necessary evil (there’s that word again) much good can be accomplished if used properly. There are two sides to this coin to consider.
When you stop to think about it, isn’t that the case with so many of the things we complain about? People talk of the evils of the internet, and there are bad things aplenty to consider. Pornography. The anonymity behind scathing online attacks. The utter lack of privacy in our lives, where nothing is kept secret for long. But for someone like me, who grew up before the age of computers, the internet is a thing of wonder. To travel anywhere in the world at the touch of a keystroke, or discover the answer to any of a million and one questions, or gather advice and instructions from a multitude of teachers living in the real world through YouTube or other instructional videos; these things that so many people take for granted were unheard of a generation ago. So no, the internet is not evil. It’s how people use the internet that brings out the evil in people.
Another slogan we’ve all heard is “Guns don’t kill people. People kill people.” Once again, this emphasizes the fact that guns, of themselves, are not evil. They fulfill a legitimate purpose. It is only through their misuse that they become tools of evil.
Of course, this type of thinking can be taken to the extreme. I recently ran across a t-shirt that pushed the boundaries on this kind of rationalization with the disclaimer: “If guns kill people, I guess pencils misspell words, cars drive drunk, & spoons make people fat.”
We all make choices in our lives, moral decisions on how to use the tools and resources available to us. Our lives are inundated with information and presented with worlds of possibilities. We are the agents responsible for turning good into evil. We can enrich our lives or destroy them, and it is that choice that defines us not only as individuals but as the collective whole known as the human race.
Written by Keith Julius
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