Money: is an extremely important facet of everyday life. Is not our basic survival brought into question from an inability to afford food, clothing or shelter for one’s self and family? This fact has become all the more real to many since the economic troubles of recent years. Since then, the prices of the necessities of life have increased in a similar manner as the proposed gap between the rich and poor has grown. According to 2012 Pew Research Center study, 65% of the Americans surveyed agreed that the earnings gap between rich and poor has grown, and 57% of these respondents felt that this negatively affects our nation.
Whether one is rich or poor, a small business owner or a corporate tycoon, it is likely that none would refuse more money. Beyond allowing people to meet the basic survival needs previously mentioned, the accumulation of money provides security. One feels secure that an unforeseen emergency can be handled, or that their child’s future will be brighter because paying tuition at a prestigious college is not a problem. At the personal level, money allows individuals and families to not only satisfy their basic needs, but also to satisfy their materialistic desire to own, for example, the latest and greatest toy or gadget. However, money frequently means something a little different to those of the corporate culture.
Money and profits (addiction, or never having enough) are prioritized above all else in most corporations (the few controlling many). The fact that corporations enjoy the same rights as an individual person in our judicial system, while also reaping the benefits of having considerable power within our political system and government, provides corporations with the mode to continuously increase their money and power (see “Corporacracy”). In the eyes of some corporations, money is not only synonymous with survival and security, but with continuously increasing wealth, power, and corporate influence on all spheres of life in our modern society. Certainly, money could be seen as evil in this context, but is it really the root of all evil?
Money, in its tangible form, is neither good nor evil. One could truthfully claim that money is only a tool that serves as an exchange for some level of security and quality of life. Money, in a perceived form, can become the root of all evil. The problem arises when greed and the tendency to disregard all principles related to decency and integrity become the norm in the quest for money. This immoral philosophy of money making, as opposed to the charitable philosophy in which followers use their excess money to better the lives of others through philanthropic endeavors, gives nothing back to society and creates a world that is darker and colder.