“Money is the root of all evil…”
You may have heard that before, and you probably agree, taking it for a given now. Well, let’s explore the actual statement before we jump to any conclusions shall we?
The original quote is from Timothy 6:10 in the Bible, it reads: “For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, and by craving it, some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.” Slightly more convoluted, isn’t it?
Do you see the difference? Money is NOT the root of all evil, the LOVE OF MONEY is. But why is that relevant? Well, the statement does not, at all, state that money is inherently the root of evil, but rather that excessively obsessing over it, with no overarching purpose is. Do you see where I’m going with this? Obsessing over money without an overarching purpose or goal, that’s the root of all evil. When you have a goal, something to fight for, you naturally want to earn it, thus, the temptation to commit heinous or dishonest deeds is greatly reduced.
That statement has lead so many people to dismiss chasing their dreams, for instance, wanting to travel the world costs money, is it therefore correct to state that wanting to travel the world is evil? No, of course not, but the previous goal is not at all different from wanting a multi-million dollar superyacht, both cost money, both don’t really involve helping society in any way, both are equally not evil.
As a matter of fact, wanting to become wealthy to achieve your goals often has positive impacts on society, simply due to the nature of capitalism. The consumer chooses where he gives his money, and if you give the consumer something he wants, he will gladly pay, it’s mutually beneficial.
So, dear reader, money is not the root of all evil, you have no excuse not to chase your goals, now’s the time.