The common proverb that we have always heard from childhood says ‘Money is the root of all evil’, but I strongly disagree, as would any really successful person, who knows how important it is to have the right mindset for making it big in life, would. To me, the gospel truth was, is and always will be, that – ‘Ignorance of Money is the root of all evils.’
One point to note here is that what I’m saying is also quite different from the common counter quote to the above proverb, that goes on to say ‘Lack of money is the root of all evils.’ Not that I disagree with that much, but my point has rather a broad line of difference with this counter statement as well. I am not talking about the ‘lack’, but the ‘ignorance’ about money.
Of course, one can say that lack necessarily results from ignorance, and precisely so, but that’s exactly my point – it is the ignorance about money that is the root cause of all evil. Ignorance about what it is, how it is to be earned, how it is to be saved, how it is to be invested…and most importantly, how it is to be thought about! Yes, how one thinks about ‘money’ or his/her mindset towards it, is the crux of it all…and the ignorance in this respect…being unaware as to the right way of thinking about money, is the one and only root of all evils.
Money is the root of all evil – Why that’s not right
Well, you can say that money has reduced the ethics or value system in the current generation and argue that focus on money has increased competition and reduced empathy and sympathy and in general the softer emotions in people. However, show me one person who is starving and is very happy and focused on projecting a good value system.
The fact that money is not, and can never ever be the cause of evil can be plainly seen in times when your close ones might have been saved miraculously through an expensive surgery, when your children have been admitted to good schools promising a bright future, when you buy chocolates and give them to underprivileged children on Christmas Day and see them smile…the examples are endless.
How can money be evil? Rather, sometimes, or lets say most of the times, it is the lack of it that calls the evil in. Starving people steal, people hard pressed for money for a close one’s medical needs or children’s education resort to not so ethical means to earn a few more bucks. It is always the lack of it that attracts evil.
‘Ignorance of money’ is the root cause of all evil – The difference
The lack comes from ignorance. It is the ignorance about money that is evil in the first place. Why should we be ignorant about something that we need all the time, on a daily basis, without which we cant live even a single day? Precisely, for the proverbs above.
If children are brought up saying money is evil and hard work will always take care of you, then what else do you expect? A general large chunk of mass all working hard and stuck in stagnation, doing well but not doing great, and nobody really happy. We need to change our mindset, do away with the ignorance, tell our children that money is not evil but something that’s necessary and instill the right mindset towards it. That’s crucial. What money is, how to make it grow, how to keep it, save it, spend it and invest it are all crucially linked to your quality of life and hence the key to your and your family’s happiness.
So next time you hear someone say money is the cause of evil, you might just want to snatch his wallet away and say ‘Friend, I just saved you!’