We have all heard the phrase “money is the root of all evil” some of us believe it. In a previous post I highlighted it as one of the limiting beliefs people have about money. How can we expect to have more of something we think is bad? It is this conscious and sometimes subconscious belief that prevents many of us from realizing our financial dreams because our reticular activating system highlights those instances where this is in fact true.
If we really examine that statement closer, however, we realize that money is an innate object with no intrinsic value. Its value comes from the confidence we have in it. That’s it. I guess what I am trying to say is that money, whether it is notes and coins or ones and zeros on a computer screen, is in and of itself valueless. It only has power because we have all collectively agreed to give it power. Our society is now structured in such a way that if this power falters or fails, so do we. This begs the question who or what is the root of all evil. The short answer is, us, because we have allowed money to run our lives.
What do we mean by evil? As an adjective it is immoral. As a noun it is wickedness. Either way it’s not good! The truth is that money has neither of these qualities. It is a medium of exchange and a store of value. Money is not the root of evil, it is neutral. It is us who have turned this instrument into our master and then label it evil when we can’t recognize ourselves because we have become slaves to it.
Evil manifests itself in competition, greed and winning at all cost. It takes the form of dumping excess food when millions go hungry all because it is more profitable to do so. Evil is present when manufactures knowingly use substandard material that is harmful to people’s health, but do so anyway because it is profitable. Evil is when people are treated unfairly because of their income bracket and the car they drive. Evil is when we forget we all belong to the human race and use money to divide us.
Must we always live in a world of haves and have nots? In the same way we got blinded from the truth, can we in the same fashion reverse the process and raise the veil to reveal the true reality? In the words of my favorite TV series, “Evil isn’t born, it’s made…and so is good.” We can all change. We just have to want it.