Money is the root of all evil The old adage “money is the root of all evil” is a phrase that has been thrown around for centuries. Originally derived from scripture, it is a belief that is rarely held by those that are in possession of money and, similarly, it is a belief that is often lost to those that gain money later in life.
Whether it is a war fuelled by desire to possess valuable resources, a crime born of greed or the creation of a get rich quick scheme designed to fleece unsuspecting “investors” out of their hard earned savings, there re thousands of historically documented events that lend credibility to this age old saying, however, like so many other generalised statements, it is used more as an excuse than as a reason. This essay will present evidence to refute the claim that Money is the root of all evil.
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Money is not the root of all evil. Money is simply a means used by people to obtain what they already desire in life.
In order to demonstrate this point, we need to have a look at some relevant statistics. The Victoria Police crime statistics 2011/2012 state that “All categories of crime against the person except for robbery increased between 2010/2011 and 2011/2012. ” This shows that evil is not always based on monetary gain, nor does it require money to be present. In actual fact, robbery offences in this period “decreased by 2. 0%. ” other categories in “Crime against the person” include crimes such as Murder, Rape, Assault and Property Damage, none of which are manifestly associated with money.
What this shows is that, although in some cases crimes are committed as a direct result of a need or desire to obtain money, money is not a common denominator in all crimes committed. Hate crimes brought against people based on race, sexual preference or religion are very rarely based on any monetary gain, nor do the perpetrators fit in to any specific socioeconomic status. These crimes are committed based on a preconceived idea that the victim has a belief or way of life that goes against the beliefs of the perpetrator.
These crimes can consist of horrible acts of ruelty needing the perpetrator to have a great deal of evil within them to allow this type of crime to be committed. Recently in London, England, an off duty British Soldier named Lee Rigby was run down by a vehicle, stabbed and beheaded in broad daylight by 2 Islamic extremists, who claim the attack, was an act of revenge against the British Military. The assailants showed no apparent remorse for their actions, and seem to celebrate their efforts. These actions required a large amount of evil and yet the reasoning behind these actions has no associations with money.
All crime is generally associated with evil of some description; however, as I have Just demonstrated that not all crimes are based on money, it is only logical to draw the conclusion that money cannot be the root of all evil. The phrase “money is the root of all evil” originated in the Bible. It is the Latin translation from the original Greek manuscripts of 1 Timothy 6:10. In Latin, this phrase is “Radix malorum est cupiditas” which actually translates into “the root of evil is greed”. The direct translation of the