by Jeremy Michaels
We all heard the phrase “money is the root of all evil” but I disagree with that phrase. I believe “the love of money is the root of all evil”. Money makes it easy for us to fulfill our desires, expand our self concept and to become self-centered and selfish. Selfishness becomes greed. The love of money – in other words greed, has become the evil in our society. It’s not the money itself but the love of money which has reduced the value of human life. Many people willingly profit at the expense of so many people, and that’s the true evil. That’s the dark force behind the scenes of money.
The desperation and greed caused by unlimited wants, unequal distribution of resources and a restrictive means of gaining something, is the sole and ultimate cause of stress, frustration, anger, rage and all crimes. 90% of crimes are based on money. It’s the reason why the people in control of the world and the money, drugs, medicine, food and oil are so corrupted. The root causes of poverty and crime are society’s perceived hierarchy of its citizens and the monetary value of their labor. This has distorted the distribution of wealth across society. Out of this is often born crime, often motivated by economics to sell the proceeds of crime in order to survive. The greed for money motivates an increasing number of human citizens to stealing, violence, rape and murder.
There are only a few ways that money is good. It’s that we use it as a value for trade, services and goods, to provide food and shelter for our families and giving it for donations to charity. However there are many more ways in which money is bad. Money and wealth have been the most explosive divide in history, far beyond religion and beliefs. Money has divided our society into classes. Society often judges people according how much money they have, so money will always equal status. In some institutions you mean nothing if you don’t have money. Revolutions have generally involved the poor fighting for their rights and a share of the money from the minority rich. It can be argued that the existence of money has turned man against himself.
As for the people who control the world and the world’s money supply, you can be certain that the accumulation of wealth and power of money and profit drives economic crime. Money = power, and power = control. It makes those people embezzle, swindle, create war crimes and even colonize other countries to control their resources and money systems. The painful reality about poverty all over the world is that it’s completely unnecessary. It’s continuance is not God’s doing, it’s our doing – humans. The burning desire from corporations and banking institutions and shareholders to make more money for themselves and profit off people and things recently caused the world close to the brink of financial collapse in 2008, creating this economy of bad times. You can have large amounts of money and power concentrated in the hands of a very few, or you can have democracy. You cannot have both.
War is business. Violence is business. Disease is business. Prison is business. Churches are business. Real estate is business. Technology is business. Everything is business. Go to Times Square and look around. Everything is advertisements of businesses. That’s all the world is, a BIG BUSINESS. We live in a corporatocracy ran by people of greed. And unfortunately what happens on Wall Street affects main street. The 1%ers are now way more richer than the 99% of us now than any time in history.
See, money is important. It’s as important as the food, shelter and medicine it buys and the schools, stores and businesses it builds. It’s incredibly important. And only a broke or dishonest person would tell you it’s not important. There’s no doubt, we all need money or we can’t have a place to live, food to eat, or clothes to wear. But that’s the system we were born and raised into. There was a time when money did not exist, as we know it today. The whole idea of money came about as a symbol of value that is accepted as a means of payment for goods and services. Money was supposed to be a good thing but in the past centuries, the love of money is nothing less than pure evil.
If money was such a good thing then it would serve the people, but instead people serve the money. Money can be a good thing but who’s really in control? Do you think you’re in control because you make the money? Because you have a job? a career? a profitable business? you invested in something? Exactly how much control do you have over your own life when all you do is serve pieces of paper and the system that relies on it?
People say “time is money” but is it really? Money can buy sex but not love, medicine but not health, luxuries but not culture, a house but not a home, a bed but not sleep, a computer but not knowledge, education but not wisdom and common sense, temporary happiness but not a life of happiness and peace. Too many people allow their worth to be defined by money. Too many people are out chasing money instead of purpose. And at the end we are all becoming debt slaves.
Picture a world without money…