It’s a common saying that “money is the root of all evil” but that isn’t true and never really was. Money itself isn’t good or bad, it has no emotion or motives. It’s the seeking of money and what people do with it once they have it that can create issues.
I was watching a video recently and the speaker was addressing a question from a viewer. The viewer asked “Can you be wealthy and spiritual? Does having money make you a bad person?” The speaker smiled and replied that you can most certainly be a good and spiritual person and have lots of money. I completely agree. Money isn’t bad, wealth isn’t bad. Wealth is a good thing!
Money is just a tool, it’s how you use it that matters. Screwdrivers are tools, and they’re not inherently bad. You can use one to hang a door on your neighbor’s house or you can use it to poke his eye out. You can light a fire to cook a meal or to burn down a building. It’s your personal motives that matter.
I think some people stay poor because they believe this idea that people who are wealthy are heartless and cruel and evil. The people may be, but it’s not the money’s fault. They were damaged before they got the money, then used the money to justify further wrong behavior. I’m sure there are plenty of wealthy people in the world who are wonderful, kind, helpful and nothing like the monsters we perceive the rich to be. Thinking that money will make you a bad person is such a limiting belief, and it’s one that the actually evil wealthy want you to hold on to.
If people believed the simple truth that they could become wealthy and still be spiritual, honest, loving and wonderful people, more of them would seek and accept wealth. We all deserve to be wealthy and secure, but as much as we want that, we often sabotage ourselves with the belief that it will change who we are. That will only happen if we let it. No amount of money can make you into a horrible person, that’s a choice you make for yourself, and one that you can easily avoid.
I’ve often asked myself if having more money would change me negatively, and admittedly, there was a time when I would have answered yes. I was holding onto those harmful beliefs. Now I want wealth, and I’m seeking it. I still believe it will change me, but in a positive way. I revel in the thoughts of having enough money to donate to charities, help friends, buy better food and have a secure home. Having money will help me have a better life, aid others and live a fuller, more giving life.
We need to wipe the idea of money being evil from our minds and lay the blame where it belongs: on the people who do bad things with money. The people are the problem. They make negative choices and harm others, using their wealth to facilitate it. If they were poor, they’d still be horrible people, they just wouldn’t be able to affect as many others. When you realize that, you start thinking about fixing people and not about the money. Money isn’t the root of all evil, people are. Luckily, we can change that if we all try.