A Thinker Among Us: Is money the root of all evil?

by: Bailey Morgan

“Thinker Thinks” on Flickr used by permission from David Yu

When asking a group of people their personal opinion on somewhat of a deep topic, it is very likely that their opinions will not vary.  Whereas if you were to do the questioning one on one, their answers would be as diverse as the bugs under a large stone. So I rejoice as well as regret this lack of opinion on the matter at hand because there is a sort of safety in showing a lack of difference in dress, manner, and opinion with one’s so called peers. But indeed, I must rejoice at this and any opportunity to share my thoughts and feelings that prove, without a doubt, that I am a separate individual and not another gear that makes up the complex and unforgiving machine that is our society. Is money truly the root of all evil? That is the question I wish to explore.

Depending on how you’d phrase it, I must say that I agree with 1 Timothy 6:10: “For the love of money is a root of all sorts of injurious things,” (New World Translations of the Holy Scriptures). Now, let’s see if we can dissect this statement. “For the love” is what strikes me  first off. I believe that love is finding someone whom you find so beautiful in mind, body, and spirit that you are willing to sacrifice so much for them without (at first) giving a thought to what you’d want from them beyond their (hopefully) pleasant company. If you’ve ever seen Cabaret in the sense where the heroine is singing, “Money makes the world go round,” she pretty much sums up the ills of having an excess and shortage of money. The only similarity between the two is that neither is satisfied with what they have, which I’m sure many would agree with (if asked in a large group it would be unanimous). Lastly, “is a root of all sorts of injurious things”; now look closely: “money is a root.” Not the, the only, the superior and only root, but “a root.”

So it’s like this: if we were to get rid of money, “all [the] sorts of injurious things,” wouldn’t be gone. The equation isn’t money= evil;  money is in no way the only variable in the equation that gets us evil actions, thoughts or desires. Nor is it the only catalyst. So it’s like this: money, if used correctly, can cause the opposite of evil, which is good. It’s like a candle. You can light it and it will create light, but it will illuminate an object and cast a shadow. All in all, it is a most confounding business.