Money Is the Root of All Evil
What do you think, is money the root of all evil?
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The greed caused by pursuit of money is damaging.
there are alternatives to money
What does greed got to do with money? Even without money, greed still exists.
If money was such a good thing then IT would serve the people. Instead people serve IT.
Money CAN be a good thing but who's really in control? Do you think you're in control because, what, you have a good job? You invested in something? Exactly how much control do you have over your own life when all you do is serve pieces of paper and the system that relies on it?
I suggest to watch these if you dont know what I mean.
Money equals a social status
Society often judges people according how much money they have, so money equal status. In some institutions you means nothing if you didn´ t have money.
money causes interest
Money can be donated to a good cause.
some evil clearly nothing to do with money
There are many roots to acts that would be considered evil - I will assume this means actions that harm others or denigrate the self, but the concept of 'evil' itself is by no means straightforward - that are nothing to do with money. For instance, a murder might be motivated by anger, a rape by uncontrollable lust, bullying and discrimination by ignorance.
You don't need money to commit a crime. You need a big rock or stick to murder someone. You need the other person not to notice to steal something from someone. Crime has been happening before a monetary system.
Religion has also led to a lot of destruction since a long time. Not only this even the greatest of problems dont have their root cause as money.The biggest example being Taliban.Why are they attacking people, they are not getting money from it but it is because they want blood, killing of Indians and Americans. This is called racism.
So money is not the root cause of all evil.
Without money they couldn't have commited the evil crimes.
and ya "SOME" evil got nothing 2 do with money but most evil got alot 2 do with money !!!
Money is not the root of all evil. The lack of money is the root of all evil.
I respect both sides and I understand why many people believe that money is the root of all evil. But I have to disagree. The lack of money is the root of all evil. Back in the history of mankind, before money was invented, we bartered. Money was the result of hardworking process. Bear in mind that criminals are all born in poverty and some of them live in poverty. The fear of lacking money haunts them constantly. It is the fear of not being able to feed themselves and their families that make them commit unthinkable crimes. If money is evil, could you live in a world without money? If greed or desire is evil, have you ever wanted something that is not yours? Any of you ever want an Iphone? Any of you can live without computer, electricity and all of modern comfort?
If you think money is the root of all evil, I'd like to recommend the Communist Manifesto for you. Marx talked about an utopia society in which people work based on their ability and get rewarded base on their needs. Money would not be necessary. I like to ask those who think money is not necessary to point out a successful communist example. Im from a communist, aka socialist, country. And we are moving toward a capitalistic market. I strongly believe that if you dont work for yourself, nobody will. Money motivates people to work harder, smarter. Would there be light bub if Edison work for just bread and milk only?
You might say those riches keep getting richer without giving away their money to the poor. I'd like to ask you "Why the rich keep getting richer and the poor keep getting poorer?" If you find the question somewhat interesting please spend sometimes read the book "Rich Dad, Poor Dad." It changed a poor college student's way of thinking, I hope it will be helpful too.
Money is not the root of all evil. The lack of money is the root of all evil.
But if there was no money (such as in the case of communism) the lack of it, wouldn't adversely affect anyone.
All the fears you refer to only exist because we need 'money' to buy stuff but if there was no money and resources were distributed freely and equally there would be no need for petty cash or even less liquid monetary equivalents.
No-one is free of evil/desires, your argument is just as crudely sufficient as saying 'lying isn't bad because everyone has done it at some point'. The fact that we sin and/or are tempted to, doesn't not make it right/good.
To be fair the lack of money is one of the roots of evil. But still money is not the root of all evil :)
Complaint: My opponent is not being clear about his views.
"Now you might argue that lust and the want of possessions is not the same as the want/need of money, but money is a means to that end. "
Imagine no money here in this situation. No money means either you don't want to ever buy/ sell anything ever in life; withdraw yourself from society n go become a sage (not 99.99% people ever would wanna do it) OR you wanna go back to the days of barter exchange- as for the drawbacks of barter, I've briefed on it as a separate point 3 blocks down- check it.
The desperation and greed caused by unlimited wants, unequal distribution of resources and a restrictive means(money) of getting anything. Is the sole and ultimate cause of stress,frustration,anger,rage and thus all crimes.
Now you might argue that lust and the want of possessions is not the same as the want/need of money, but money is a means to that end. Everything has a price tag. Everything/person can be bought. If someone won't marry you because s/he finds you unattractive, you cosmetically/surgically alter your appearance using 'money'. The one you want does not like your personality : you can change your personality by paying for a course or workshop. Get private investigators, bribe the police, bribe lawyers or hire extremely expensive ones...you can spit in the face of justice/morality. You can get anything and everything.
'Power corrupts, absolute power corrupts absolutely'[[Lord acton]]
Money is power.
Money represents positive value
It is a great American contribution to world culture, that they have coined the phrase "to make money". Money is made, by effort of muscle, willpower, and intelect. There can be no society composed entirely of thieves, as there will be no value to steal.
Money represents the confidence of parties that the value of their efforts can be traded for the value of others' efforts. It is a recognition of the importance of society based on trade, rather than the only real alternative: violence.
To be clear, money contributed to charity is also traded, for the value of achieving a social goal - this in contrast to taxes, which are forcefully taken.
Were the soviets, who sent the first dog,man and woman into space, devoid of intellect, creativity, willpower, effort, muscle and the rest of it? P.O.A no they were not.
The notion that money is the sole motivator is a great fallacy.If the notion were true, social/pro bono/charity work would not exist. Why are there unpaid interns? Why do students pay for courses? you might argue that everything is done to ultimately make money but the point is, making money is not why people are motivated to perform well and outperform others. Some other reasons are recognition,fame,responsibility,habits( being a workaholic) and competition.
The need for money is artificially created in a capitalist world. Outside of that universe of discourse, where money is banished and resources are equally and fairly distributed, all the frustration over not having your needs or wants met, would diminish.
Having more money than another person is similar to having the ability to cheat him/her. Historical rhetoric propounds: people with higher salaries exploit people who work under them, The rich exploit the poor and so on.
It is quite possible to have money without earning it through your own competence. very rich people often inherit it from their family, order other people to make money for them, and then money generates more money through interest rates. people on Income Support get money directly through being unable to make money, although it isn't really their fault.
Money is the end product of what you did
Money is the end product of something that you did that you think its enjoyable to you. For example, if someone started invest into a company or firms, it is because of the excitement not because of money. It is the excitement that make people invest and this excitement will leads to the end product, money. Therefore there is no reason to say that money is the root of all evil. Money is just the end product of what you did that excite you
money can be the end product of theft. theft is evil. therefore money is the root of evil.
Cozmo --- more often people steal for money, pick-pockets, theives, burglars, crazy people. Money CAN be good but most people dont know how to use it so they use it for their own satisfying needs.
Cozmo --- 90% of crimes are based on money.
Originally, Money was the solution to the problems(/inefficiencies in transactions) arising out of barter exchange system.
Read on the history of money. Originally, Money was the solution to the problems(/inefficiencies in transactions) arising out of barter exchange system. Ex: In barter exchange there had to be a double co-incidence of wants. A man selling milk who wanted to buy rice had to find someone selling rice & wanting milk. GOOD LORD! Just imagine how time-consuming & frustrating. Also, there was a need for a standard to objectively measure the value of all types of goods like cows, milk, foodgrains, clothes, ornaments, etc. Imagine feelings of doubt & being cheated arising out of selling 1 kg rice in exchange of 3 litres milk (when later you met someone offering you 4 litres in exchange for the same value)! Moreover, money is the best & most liquid store of value & has legal tender - so you sue someone legally if cheated. Money solved the problem & also avoided all the confusion.
Money is an indispensable part of our lives. Money has to be earned! The root of evil is people who want the unearned money. Saying "MONEY IS THE ROOT OF ALL EVIL" is like blaming your tools; it's very embarrassing. A similar statement: "Computers (or tech) is a curse."
Ex: You condemn the car for it lead to a terrible accident & you landed up in hospital. So is car the cause of the accident? Or are there other things to consider- like did you repair & maintain it regularly? Why did you buy it? Were you drunk? Were you daydreaming while driving? Did another car hit yours? I'd say that anyone with minimal level of intelligence should get the gist of it & should be in a position to discern the fact that car per se didn't create the problem. In the accident scene, car was the passive factor while the man driving it was an active factor & another car hitting it was the causal factor. Money too is a passive factor. How you approach it makes all the difference! Just as how you use Internet & Computer decides whether it be a curse or a boon.
My smartass opponent may say car was purchased with money- so again money is the root of all evil. Alright then, could you dispense with your car? Could you dispense with anything else having money value? But this is different issue altogether.
Money can't be dispensed with
see the essence of of what I mean by "money" -- anything that is or acts as money i.e. anything that performs the recognized functions of money or serves the recognized purpose of money. I'd quote a definition "Money is a good that acts as a medium of exchange in transactions. Classically it is said that money acts as a unit of account, a store of value, and a medium of exchange. Most authors find that the first two are nonessential properties that follow from the third. In fact, other goods are often better than money at being intertemporal stores of value, since most monies degrade in value over time through inflation or the overthrow of governments." Now think-- can you do without money? Do you wanna go back to the days for barter system? Imagine no banks, no recognized/ standard medium to transact.
There's no such thing as the root of evil!
Evil can take different forms & types and also has different causes most of them-psychological.
This allegation is completely wrong. Satan is the root of all evil.
Cozmo ---Satan is the root of all evil but Satan is also the one who made people use money to do bad deeds. he used people so they can satisfy their own needs however horrible so Satan IS the root of all evil, but also money because if Satan didnt have control over money, we would all use it for good wouldnt we? but noooo... we think its wuch a waste to use so much money on Salvation army blah blah blah... get my point? It's all Satan's doing
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