A Special Guest Post from Angelo Campione
In society, money seems to be considered a necessary “evil” and religions have often used the phrase that “the love of money is the root of all evil”. But why would something inanimate like money be the root of all evil?
It’s got to do with how we as people, transfer our power to this medium of exchange. We’re born with no real understanding of the abundant nature we are and so from the moment we arrive, we gather data to work out how we fit in with this world.
At some point, we work out that having money enables us to experience bigger and better things. And so the innate desire for expansion, desires more money to have that freedom to experience whatever is in the heart to experience.
But then we also gain an understanding that people have done bad things at times to get more money and so we grow up with this conflicted feeling within us.
On the one hand we want more money, but on the other, we may either need to take advantage of others in some way or be seen as a person with lower morals to get it.
This line of thinking is what happens unconsciously from a young age that then shapes the way we feel about money and those that have money as we become adults. But what’s the truth?
- Money is neutral, it’s neither good or bad
- People get lost In thinking that money will give them something more than it’s actually designed for (like happiness for example)
- People then place a higher value on money than the relationships with other people
- The people close to the ones that are caught up in the money trap then think that money is the issue and that money is what’s causing that person to behave in an evil or uncivil way
- It’s the thinking and interpretation of money that has led the person to take actions that may be less than compassionate towards other people.
In summary, the purpose of money is to be a mechanism where we can exchange one thing of value for another, in an easy to use form, it’s not to make us happy or otherwise. The accumulation of money can be done in honorable ways or dishonorable ways, it all depends on your beliefs around it.
And finally, rather than the love of money being the root of all evil, I would say that to be ruled by money, or anything else for that matter, is the root of all pain. It’s only when you realize your true nature and that you can have whatever is in your heart to experience in a way where not only you benefit, but everyone involved benefits, can you find the freedom to live a life that is truly joyous.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Angelo Campione is a writer and publisher of Mindfulness related articles. He has real life experience in dealing with emotional pain and now walks the path that has him live a life of Purpose, Joy and Freedom. He is passionate about helping to raise consciousness and runs an online Mindfulness Series Free of charge as well as a blog site at http://www.studentisready.com/blog