Is Money REALLY The Root Of All Evil?
We've all been told this at some point.
I have, you have.
Money is the root of all evil.
The wealthy are evil.
People with money are greedy.
It's a common talking point with people that tend to not be well off financially.
Let's get into it.
Where did "money is the root of all evil" originate from?
The phrase "money is the root of all evil" is often misunderstood and misquoted.
The actual saying comes from the Bible and is found in 1 Timothy 6:10: "For the love of money is the root of all evil."
The distinction is important because the phrase doesn't claim money itself is the root of all evil, but rather the excessive love or attachment to money.
This is a huge difference from how it is represented in modern society. People have just taken a quote and ran with it in the completely wrong direction.
It's gone from people who love money are evil (something I actually disagree with) to money itself is evil.
They are two contrasting statements.
Most people do this...
The reality is, most people from working class backgrounds have been programmed to think that money and the people with money are, quite frankly, bad people. This couldn't be further away from the truth.
I know and am friends with millionaires, and let me tell you, they don't have a bad bone in their body.
Their makeup is to help people, and that's how they've achieved their riches. Not by being disgustingly evil.
The beauty of this is, most people don't have friends or people that they know who are wealthy, and this plays a significant role in the way they think.
If you've been told something your whole life without anybody telling you otherwise, you're going to believe it, aren't you?
This is what has happened within our society.
Are there bad people with money? Absolutely, but to attach one label to a subsection of society is misrepresenting them to say the least.
On the whole, the ones I have met have been down to earth, understanding and ready to help people. They have also been very charitable and willing to donate to causes close to their heart.
Why this way of thinking doesn't work...
There are plenty of reasons why this doesn't help people long term.
The whole idea of "money being the root of all evil" instantly makes you want to repel money, and in turn, repel the good things life has to offer.
We all know that 95% of the things people want are money related in one way or another, and denying yourself that opportunity of luxury because of a simple money belief is ludicrous.
The fact of the matter is, the more people genuinely believe that having money is evil, the less likely they are in actually pursuing their ambitions of being rich and wealthy.
This doesn't serve you.
You need as much money as you can get your hands on to live a life that is luxurious.
The pursuit of wealth gives you so much more opportunities, from putting your kids through private school to leaving a legacy for them once you pass away.
Denying yourself, and future generations those opportunities is selfish in my opinion - and all because you don't want to be someone that's evil with money.
It's quite frankly nonsense.
I understand that everybody's goals are different, and some people don't really focus too much on money.
But if you're honest with yourself, would your life be any worse if you had more money?
You know the answer.
What I would do...
So you can see where I'm at in regards to this.
Money is NOT evil.
Please don't ever think it is.
This way of thinking will hold you back from acquiring the things that mean the most to you.
I have a quote on my website that reads: "Money is not the goal. Money has no value. The value comes from the dreams money helps achieve."
Thinking wealth, riches and finances are evil is a recipe for disaster.
You need to start thinking in abundance.
Having and creating money to use as a tool to life a life that is fruitful and prosperous is something that I would highly recommend.
It's the journey I started three years ago now and I've not looked back since.
It's so easy to think and believe what you've always been told in relation to money being the root of all evil.
I hope today's newsletter has planted a seed in letting you know that what you have been told all your life is a complete LIE.
Remember it's a misunderstood quote, and even the Bible doesn't say "money is the root of all evil" - it says "the love of money is the root of all evil".