Commercialization has engulfed the whole world. We keep on running after various things from time to time. In order to satisfy all our needs – basic as well as luxurious, the most important thing that we need is money. It is here that we come across the famous quote – “Money is the root of all evil”. If we ponder on this statement, we will realize that it is both true as well as false. It will just depend upon how we utilize the money.
The creation of money – wealth, is not evil. Once you create wealth, you can utilize it for good activities and purposes. If we think from this point of view, then definitely the above mentioned quote is false. However, if money is used to meet our greed or if we run after money to fulfill our selfish needs, then definitely money is evil and also the cause of evil.
In today’s modern world, money is essential. It will help you as well as your family members in leading a happy life. If you do not have money in today’s world, you will be bound to live a life full of misery. Thus, it has now become an essential thing from the point of view of survival. It will help you and your family lead a comfortable life. If we consider money from this point of view, then it cannot be termed as evil rather it has become a basic necessity of life.
Apart from this, the importance of money can be realized the most when you face a financial or medical emergency. If you do not have the money, you will not be able to bear the huge medical costs if someone close to you falls ill. Though most of us have health insurance coverage, it does not cover everything or the coverage is limited. You will have to put in the extra money from your pocket. If you do not have the money, you will not be able to pursue the treatment.
Even after saying all this, there are arguments in favour of the statement that “Money is the root of all evil.” Many people consider this statement to be true. It should be noted here that possession of money is not evil. But when money starts to control us, unknowingly it becomes evil. When we run after money to fulfil our selfish needs and are controlled by our greed, we use money for evil actions and purposes. Our greed supported by money encourages us to commit crimes which actually destroy the society. This turns money into an evil. Unless you control your evil urges, you will not be able to stop money from becoming evil. Thus, it is very important that we do not allow wealth to become our masters. Once that happens, you will not be able to stop yourself from committing evil actions.
Thus, it is very difficult to decide whether or not money is the root of all evil. It will depend upon individual situation, the strong character of a person, how a person utilizes the money, etc. If you can stop money from becoming your master, then you will be stop money from becoming evil.