So You Think That Monday Is the Root of All Evil?

Jul 12, 2020

Have you ever asked what is the root of money?

Money is just a tool of exchange, which can’t exist unless there are goods produced and men able to produce them. Money is the material shape of the principle that men who wish to deal with one another must deal by trade and give value for value.

Money is not the tool of the moochers, who claim your product by tears, or of the looters, who take it from you by force. Money is made possible only by the men who produce. Is this what you consider evil?

When you accept money in payment for your effort, you do so only on the conviction that you will exchange it for the product of the effort of others. It is not the moochers or the looters who give value to money. It’s honest men who do.

How do you transform those pieces of paper in your wallet into the food you will need to survive tomorrow? Those pieces of paper are a token of honour – your claim upon the energy of the men who produce. Your wallet is your statement of hope that somewhere in the world around you there are men who will not default on that moral principle which is the root of money, Is this what you consider evil?

Have you ever looked for the root of production? Take a look at your car/bike and dare tell yourself that it was created by the muscular effort of unthinking brutes. Try to grow a seed of wheat without the knowledge left to you by men who had to discover it for the first time. Try to obtain your food by means of nothing but physical motions – and you’ll learn that man’s mind is the root of all the goods produced and of all the wealth that has ever existed on earth.

But you say that money is made by the strong at the expense of the weak? What strength do you mean? It is not the strength of guns or muscles. Wealth is the product of man’s capacity to think!!!

Then is money made by the man who invents a motor at the expense of those who did not invent it? Is money made by the intelligent at the expense of the fools? By the able at the expense of the incompetent? By the ambitious at the expense of the lazy?

Money is ‘made’ by the effort of every honest man, each to the extent of his ability. An honest man is one who knows that he can’t consume more than he has produced.

In Indian culture, we regard money as the goddess “Lakshmi” – our biggest festival is ‘Diwali’. Our culture does not teach us to despise or disgust wealth. On the contrary, it teaches us to respect and worship it. It’s high time now as a society, we change our perspective a bit and start admiring the ‘creators’ of wealth also.

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