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  • David Samuel

The Lack of Money Is The Root Of All Evil

Updated: Nov 15, 2021

Setting straight the age-old belief and how it can change your life.

You've probably heard that ‘the love of money is the root of all evil’. I believe it's only partially right. The whole truth is; ‘the lack of money is the root of all evil.’


Examine all the things that make you, or anyone unhappy. How much of that could change if you had unlimited funds? True, you may still have your physical limitations, but you will also have the opportunity to try anything and visit the best doctors in the world, and maybe find a cure.

Having money can help in almost all situations.

I like to examine everything that makes a person unhappy and have found, with the rare exception of an incurable disease, that it is all about lack of money. So many fights are founded on money, or not having enough or feeling like you do not have enough and just wanting more.

“So many fights are founded on money, or not having enough or just feeling like you do not have enough.”

Even a terminal illness can be changed with money. Take Steve Jobs, for example, the founder of Apple computers. Anyone else with his pancreatic cancer would have died over a decade before he did, and they would have been in so much pain they could not do the most menial tasks.

He lived at least a decade longer and built the most valuable company in the world, all because he had unlimited money to get the best care he could.

The lack of money causes suffering.

If we don't suffer, we won't make those around us suffer. If we blame or attribute our unhappiness to anything other than the truth, we will feel helpless and stuck and thus suffer more.

However, if we examine objectively and honestly what causes our frustration, anger, conflicts, pain, suffering, and what could change it so that we would not be in that situation, we would find money is ultimately the answer.

Money cannot buy love but it helps.

Money cannot buy love, but it will put you in a better mood. Who wants to fall in love with a miserable person?

Money cannot buy love, but it will put you in a better mood, allow you to have the things to feel better about yourself, travel, join clubs and do other things to get you ‘out there’. Money may not buy love, but if you are depressed and stuck at home because you cannot afford to do things, it can change your feelings and circumstances such that you have a real chance to find love.

Certainly, some people just love to be miserable, and others could be given a great fortune and still be miserable but, at least we can see a cure for the majority of our misery, and if it does not cure it, we can afford to get some respite for a period of time. Given enough of a break from our pain, it is probable that our overall mood can be transformed.

The lack of money starts fights.

Take a happy marriage, and add to that a financial disaster. What happens most of the time? Fights, disagreements, and eventually divorce.

Of course, there are those who stick together through difficult times, but those are exceptions. It is not hard to find infinite examples of people who had a great relationship until money troubles came up.

How many parents treat their children badly because they are stressed about earning enough money to support their family. What happens when a family man loses his job? How does the react when the breadwinner loses their job?

Be honest about humans, not your imagination of yourself, even if you may be an exception. As well, consider the times of the world, how people are different in today’s world than they were 50 years ago as well as in different cultures.

Ultimately, it's not even about the money.

It's about learning to see the truth in order to increase your spark for life.

If we know the truth behind our pain, then we can easily conquer it. This is because we can work directly on fixing the cause of the problem rather than doing things to distract us from the pain. These distractions usually just make the cause of the problem worse.

Suffering is alleviated when we know the real cause. If we reduce the pain enough, we can get to work to fix the problem, which means regain our motivation and spark for life because hope returns when the truth is found.

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