Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Money Money Money

For the love of money is the root of all evil:
1 Timothy 6:10


Xanadu said...

"The love of money is the root of all evil."
— 1 Timothy 6:10

But I'd love some, please.:)

Money or evil? :)

(PS. Your style is getting awfully ambiguous and causing confusion among your many fans.
Pack it in!)

Man From Atlan said...

Ah, but the 'ambiguity' makes people think and ask questions, and I can then expand on the original thought.
The love (and pursuit) of money is NOT the root of evil. That's what Timothy and a lot of 'spiritual' people say. I used to be one of them, and gave away everything I had to follow the spiritual life. And now, at this stage of my life, I say, I'd like some money please.
Evil is caused by the choices we make, so I know: I have not caused evil, nor am I or mine affected by it.
Now if you were talking about Sin :) then we might agree, or not.

Xanadu said...

Well, you are looking at it in a different way. Not wrong, just different. When he says "The love of money is the root of all evil", he is of course saying that it isn't money itself, but the hunger for it, that is the root of all evil.

You are right to point out that there are other reasons foe evil apart from the love of money. A sexual serial killer, after all, is hungry for sex. Not money. The source of his evil is sexual, not monetary.

I don't think Timothy was thinking all that logically when he wrote this. He was thinking like a poet, not a philosopher. He was kind of making a rhetorical statement.

If you analyse the statement down to bedrock, this is what I think he is saying: the source of all evil is inherent in human nature. It is the Darwinian struggle. The survival of the fittest. The competition for resources.

You see, Naseeer, those who spend their lives in the pursuit of money feel the desperate need for security. The more they have in the bank, the more they feel they are surviving in a cutthroat, dog-eat-dog world.

In order to get this money — in the interests of survival — they are prepared to go to ANY lengths. They are prepared to do evil.

You see this driving force as the underlying motive for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. There is money to be made in killing people and plundering their resources. As dogs fight each for bones, the nations scramble for the oil wealth of the Middle East and the Caspian Sea region.

America must grab this juicy bone — or else Russia and China will.

See it in these larger terms, Naseer. It's all about survival. Evil is the consequence of trying to survive at the expense of somebody else.

A final thought. So how does all this impinge on the blind lust of the sex maniac? My answer: it's the same basic instinct, i.e., the struggle for survival. The sex maniac is impelled, by the evil he does, to impregnate as many women as possible and propagate his genes.

Logical Objection: What about the homosexual sex maniac? There's no possibility of propagating his genes, right? Well, I'll leave that conundrum for you to work out. I'm still working on it! :)

Kind regards and blessings.


Xanadu said...

PS. In case you're interested, I've just had a new article published on a number of sites. It's called The Plot Against Art (by Lasha Darkmoon).

Best sites for reading it because of the excellent quality of the graphics which were done by Kevin MacDonald:



Cheers. Got to rush. Lots of Saturday shopping to do. Not quite sure how to react to Obama's Nobel Peace Prize. Are you? Do we bring out the champagne or put on sackcloth and ashes? Any idea which response would be more appropriate?
Am still reeling...

Anonymous said...

One thing I love about God (and myself actually) is how a seeming contradiction makes total sense in the blink of an eye. But then again, I'm quite simple really.
I hope always that you get what you need, and a little extra would be very nice too;)

Man From Atlan said...

Yeah, modern art is a bit twisted, but then, only the twisted buy it, right? And the rest of us ought to express our disdain.
I, for one, called the new Toronto Museum addition at the ROM a 'titanium turd'.
So I guess we need Mammon so we can know, what we're not.

Man From Atlan said...

But yeah, Chaieomie, we can always do with a little extra, right?

Man From Atlan said...

Just to let you know, I agree with you about the competition for resources, Xanadu.
The 'Peace' Prize is quite ironic, don't you think?