Paul grew up on a farm in southeastern Wisconsin. He learned moral values at home and in Catholic schools.
Money is the Root of All Kinds of Evil
Money is something we need in daily life and cannot live without it. Unfortunately, some people become so greedy for money that leads to the evils of going after it.
I always like to quote 1 Timothy 6:10 in the Bible that says, "For the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil."
There are a lot of evils generated by chasing after the almighty dollar. While making money a god and chasing after it, people have given their souls to the devil. In the process, they have sacrificed self-esteem, family, and friends.
In this article, I point out nine widespread evils for the love of money. They include gambling, prostitution, corruption, oppression of the economically disadvantaged, cheating while doing business, cheating on taxes, advertising promoting vices, theft, and robbery.
Why are there countless casinos, lotteries, and other games of chance where people bet money? It's because most people are greedy and think they can easily win a lot of money. This evil has caused many individuals to lose their life savings, property, family, and eventually become destitute. Two of my relatives have been overcome by this evil.
Men and women engaged in prostitution are selling their bodies to quickly make money. The evils of this oldest profession are harmful to a person's self-esteem, health, family, and society. Prostitution is also directly in opposition to God's commandment, Thou shalt not commit adultery. Although outlawed by many countries, this evil continues to exist.
Corruption in the form of public officials taking bribes or accepting favors of money is predominantly responsible for all of the drug smuggling, human trafficking, and other organized crime in the world today. I know of corruption among law enforcement in some countries being responsible for the spread of the covid-19 virus.
Oppression of the Economically Disadvantaged
Oppression of the economically disadvantaged has always been one of the major criticisms of capitalism. To maximize profit, many companies will exploit workers by not giving them a fair living wage and by hiring cheap child labor if they can get away with it. Several companies also underpay imported or migrant foreign labor.
Cheating When Doing Business
Many merchants and salespeople are guilty of cheating when they overcharge customers for products or services. Some dishonest used car salesmen have taken advantage of my friends and relatives many times by making them pay too much money for a motor vehicle. Telemarketers and scam artists have also cheated many unwary senior citizens.
Cheating on Taxes
To keep more money in their pockets, a lot of people will cheat on the taxes that they lawfully owe the government. They do this by hiding their income or claiming unlawful expenses and exemptions.
Advertising Promoting Vices
Advertisers who promote such vices as sex, alcohol, and smoking are doing great evil to society. They are helping to get predominantly young people hooked on bad habits that can potentially be harmful to both their health and society.
God addresses theft or stealing in his seventh commandment which states, Thou shalt not steal. Too many persons, however, view this evil as a very easy way to acquire money and valuable goods.
Robbery is related to theft but it is more serious because the threat of physical harm is involved. The victim many times is choosing between his or her money or life. My maternal grandfather was afflicted with this evil in 1932 when he robbed a bank in central Wisconsin but was quickly apprehended.
Money is truly the root of all kinds of evil because a lot of individuals are greedy and cannot get enough of it. Many persons seem to forget, however, that people only have two legs while money has four legs.
This content reflects the personal opinions of the author. It is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and should not be substituted for impartial fact or advice in legal, political, or personal matters.
© 2021 Paul Richard Kuehn
Paul Richard Kuehn (author) from Udorn City, Thailand on January 22, 2021:
Money is a necessary evil in the world today. If most people weren't so greedy, the world would be a much better place.
Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on January 22, 2021:
This is an interesting article, Paul. I agree that money is the root of evil, and I am not sure where we are headed in this world.