It is popularly said that “Money is the root of all evil.” But, Dear Reader, I can unequivocally state that money itself is not evil. Having money does not make you a bad person. Rather it is the pursuit of more and more money, the lusting after money; greed that produces deleterious effects in people. Greed is the root of evil.
Money is just another tool to be used in bartering with others for what you need. It simplifies the process of life by offering a universally accepted medium of exchange. Instead of trading eggs for flour or firewood for meat, you trade your efforts in your area of expertise for money, then trade the money for the things you need to support yourself and your family.
Using money as a bartering medium is far more convenient than exchanging physical goods, especially since so many people these days produce no physical goods. I’d say the vast majority of American citizens support themselves as service providers not goods producers. They may be Payroll Administrators in a corporation, or County Tourism Directors, or Network Administrators in a hospital, or a cook in the local grammar school, or even a laborer in a factory that does produce goods, such as furniture. But at the end of the week, they are not paid in sofas and chairs. What a good thing *that* is! Read the rest of this entry »