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Home > Blog > Money: Good, Bad, Neither?
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Monday, February 06, 2006 10:51 PM
Money: Good, Bad, Neither?
Anita Sharpe on Money

The common adage is: 'Money is the root of all evil.' Social commentator George Bernard Shaw countered that: 'The lack of money is the root of all evil.'

What do you think? Is money inherently bad, good or neutral?


17 comments

Monica Ricci - 5/11/2006 8:19:02 PM
Lord, I just wrote MONDAY is neutral. I suppose it is too, but how about the rest of the week? (I meant to write MONEY) Duh. ~Monica
Monica Ricci - 5/11/2006 8:18:06 PM
Jennifer, you're so right. Monday is neutral. It's a tool, or as you so aptly put it an exchange mechanism. It can be used for good or not, depending on who is using it. Myself, I'd sooner buy a new gun than a Tiffany keychain, but that's the beautiful thing about having so many choices. :) ~Monica
self - 2/10/2006 5:52:31 AM
'Money is like manure, its not worth a thing unless its spread around encouraging young things to grow' Thornton Wilder from the Matchmaker
swapnajit swain - 2/10/2006 3:15:50 AM
this is very good artille.i think money is good and bad.but a person who can handle all things its good.
swapnajit swain - 2/10/2006 3:15:15 AM
this is very good artille.i think money is good and bad.but a person who can handle all things its good.
swapnajit swain - 2/10/2006 3:14:49 AM
this is very good artille.i think money is good and bad.but a person who can handle all things its good.
swapnajit swain - 2/10/2006 3:14:12 AM
this is very good artille.i think money is good and bad.but a person who can handle all things its good.
Jennifer Warwick - 2/9/2006 11:46:25 AM
Jerrome -

Interesting post. IMHO
whether money is inherently good or whether you *like having* money are two very different things. I like cheese, but that does not mean it's inherently noble.

I agree with most of the posters on this thread - money's moral weight depends on how it is used. And it varies from person to person. To one person, giving $100 to a pet rescue organization is wonderful; another may see it as a waste, compared to their preferred causes; and another may not support the concept of charity at all. But the $100 is exactly the same.
Ro - 2/8/2006 12:39:11 AM
Money is like information -- its goodness or badness really depends upon how it is used.
Ro - 2/8/2006 12:38:42 AM
Money is like information -- its goodness or badness really depends upon how it is used.
Julie - 2/7/2006 9:14:53 PM
Money is, of course, inherently good. It encapsulizes value. Money builds factories, buys goods and services, creates jobs.
jerrome - 2/7/2006 12:11:55 PM
Sorry, friends, but this conversation is getting a little high and mighty for my taste. OK, I'll say it: I like (maybe even love) having money. I like my house, I like my car, and I like not having to worry 24/7 about whether I can afford things.

I'm guessing that many people writing in here are very very comfortable. As Albert Camus said, 'It's a kind of spiritual snobbery that makes people think they can be happy without money.'
catherine howell - 2/7/2006 11:50:04 AM
My favorite quote on the subject:
'There are people who have money and people who are rich.'
~Coco Chanel
Jennifer Warwick - 2/7/2006 11:08:03 AM
Money is an exchange mechanism. It's the same $100 whether you use it to buy a gun, a Tiffany keychain, or groceries for your family - or donate it to charity.

Money isn't evil. But the argument could be made that avoidable poverty is.
Clonebus - 2/7/2006 7:16:19 AM
Money is just a tool. It is neither good nor bad. Money does not bring contentment. The key is tofind contentment in what you already have.
DK - 2/7/2006 3:54:36 AM
I was reminded by one of the young people I was working with recently of the old say:

Guns don't kill people - people kill people...

Can be applied to the debate above about money!
Ben Hamilton - 2/6/2006 11:18:23 PM
It's not money itself that is evil, it's the love of money that is.

The quote actually comes from the Bible, 1 Timothy 6:10. As seen by these various translations and particularly the preceding verse it's actually GREED that is the root of all evil.

http://bible.cc/1_timothy/6-10.htm

http://bible.cc/1_timothy/6-9.htm

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