The Root of All Evil?

Most everyone has heard the expression “money is the root of all evil.” Lately, I have been pondering this phrase as I study the markets and watch the flow of it. I don’t feel evil.

Setting the record straight, the quote is more like this:

“Love of money is the root of all kinds of evil” (Bible, 1st Timothy)

The operative word is “love”.   I like money. It keeps me warm and fed and provides amusement.  If I love money too much, will I feel the evil, be the evil or do evil things? Maybe.   I think we might call that greed.  Though, it does not necessarily follow that the extremely wealthy are greedy or evil.

A rare few do not pursue it.  But most of us do because we cannot really live off the land anymore. Our systems discourage it.    

I like the idea of Adam Smith’s “invisible hand.”

The invisible hand metaphor describes how we don’t get things via the benevolence of the vendor, but by our own self-interests.  As we desire goods and services, we set the “need” and the value.  This need is met by a provider who will profit by providing those goods or services, thereby feeding the providers self-interest.

In our current global condition, most uprisings happen because people lack occupation in something that will provide them with a monetary benefit, so they can eat and shelter themselves and have things they are told they should want.

Our systems of interconnectedness are changing the world self-awareness. Historically, money has made it easier for us to trade and consume. Human population consumes global resources with the speed and profundity of a metastasized tumor.  (I apologize for the mixed metaphors).

We may survive if we stop behaving like a cancer ravonously devouring everything around us.  This is not evil.  It’s human nature.  Let’s slow down, shall we?

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Who Thinks Stimulus dollars to National Endowment for the Arts is Pork?

It has come to my attention that some of our fellow human beings believe that Art and the  Humanities are not worth stimulus dollars.  I would like to know what you think.

When an artist says something meaningful, the art becomes valuable.  Sometimes I think having less lets one see more.  It is liberating.    Those who make money buy art.  Those who make the art are rich in a realm the monetarily wealthy will never know.  So, I ask you, does it matter that the stimulus package excludes the Arts? 

Those who are educated in Fine Arts, Liberal Arts and Humanities must continue critical thinking and communication.  It cannot be about money.  It must be about putting our species in a place where we can survive our greedy selves.  Say it with meaning!