This is an essay written by a certain member of the Chow family. Can you guess who? Read and comment!
‘Money is the root of all evil’. How far do you agree with this proverb?
It is a fact of life that money is essential. In these modern times, money has become a necessity. Without money, we could not survive. Money has invaded our lives and spreads its influence over us at any moment.
Like all other things, money brings the potential for goodness. Wealthy philanthropists use their vast wealth to relieve the plight of the unfortunate. Money helps the needy to be better equipped to survive the harsh world. The need for money motivates people to work tirelessly, increasing the world’s productivity, ensuring a more comfortable life for everyone. The desire for wealth also inspires many to produce inventions, and literature which have been a great contribution to the world. The quest for money can also give people a purpose in life, and if in moderation, this can be a positive influence on one’s life.
Yet all these benefits which money brings are overshadowed by the evils which arise from it. As the importance of money cannot be doubted, people have gone to great lengths to obtain it. Sometimes, their methods may even be illegal. The vast majority of crimes are committed in the name of money. Many who live in poverty struggle to make ends meet and so perform desperate actions such as burglary or snatch thefts in order to obtain money. Their unquenchable need for money blinds them to the negative repercussions of their atrocities. Others, although well-off, would feel as if money is never enough and would be involve in serious crimes such as drug trafficking and kidnapping in order to have an opportunity to hoard more wealth. No matter the crimes, it is clear that their actions which are fueled by money will cause much pain and suffering to the innocent. Their victims can attest to that.
The increase in crimes is not the only evidence of the corrupting power of money. Too many people now are materialistic, embarking on an endless pursuit of money and the perceived happiness that will come to it. Throughout this, they would neglect what truly matters in their lives, namely their family and friends. Too many children how lead their lives lacking their parents’ compassion, having a void in their souls, and would be at high risk of being involved in social ills. All this is the result of money.
Money has also become a major point of dispute. Many families, instead of having harmonious relationships among each other, bicker endlessly about financial affairs. In extreme cases, bonds between family members which have been forged by love and trust would be broken apart irreparably. The family unit which used to be held sacred has had its significance destroyed by money. Many friendships have also been tarnished this way as one or both parties would prize money over their friends.
In addition to that, money can also have a devastating effect on our psyche. Those who are not short on wealth would often be smug and arrogant, feeling as if they could lord over others. This behaviour would cause a rift between people and invoke feelings of envy and resentment, whereas those who lack money would spend their days in misery. Some of them would perform drastic acts as a result of their lack of satisfaction with their financial situation. Many lives have been lost because of this. One could imagine the deaths that could be averted if money did not consume humanity’s thoughts.
It is apparent that for all the good that money brings, it is responsible for much that is wrong and it truly is the root of all evil. We would do well not to worship money and place our focus on other, more meaningful things.