Money is the Root of All Evil
Economists consider money to be the lubricating oil that ensures the economy runs smoothly. As much as this is an undeniable fact, money has also been linked to many forms of evil that have constantly haunted societies. The notion that crime is motivated by the monetary reward attached to it works to strengthen this premise. Money is the root of all evil, so they say. In light of the various vices that money motivates, I am inclined to agree with the statement.
The phrase originated from Greek philosopher Bion (100 B.C.) who wrote “the love of money is the center (metropolis) of all evil”. The phrase later reappeared in the Bible, where the author of the epistles wrote that “the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil”. This implies that money had a reputation to cause unrest in societies, dating back to the times when money was not defined the way it is today. In the contemporary society, the ills that form the majority of legal cases involve misuse of money or unethical acquisition of the same.
In his letter, Professor Joshua Lederberg points out the evils that have constantly imbued the modern society, as all being motivated by the love of money. He points out to such ills like hijacking and mugging, which are all aimed at acquiring money. When someone is hijacked, the hijackers’ sole purpose is to extort money from the individual or from their relatives through ransoms. According to Mr. Lederberg, had there been no chance of getting money from individuals like that, then the crime rates would fall significantly. His recommendation for a cashless society indicates his view that without a chance that a criminal act will have monetary value, there will be no need for anyone to engage in it.
Diverting attention to the corporate worlds, there is overwhelming evidence of the extent to which money can corrupt the moral standing of individuals. For instance, news reports spanning over a period of twenty years in the Los Angeles Times, point at how reputable individuals and organizations have been linked with allegations of economic crimes like tax evasion and money laundering. For instance, in 1991, a post on the money laundering features the declared futility of the war against this crime and even branded the government’s efforts as being hypocritical. At the same time, the author points at the vanity of the war on drugs by arguing that the department involved in this war had lost the battle. The article claims that at the time, cocaine use had reached alarming levels, while drugs found their way in the country via airports. This could not have been possible without the aid of corrupt government officials.
The rate at which cases of drug trafficking and money laundering are repeated indicates the extent to which the society has been corrupted by the love for money. A different report links politicians with money laundering schemes where campaign money is laundered for the politicians. The politicians then award the perpetrators huge tax breaks and earmarks, events that show the extent to which money can corrupt morals.
Indeed, it is the desperate need for money that pushes people to engage in cycles of ill motives. The worst part is that the desperate need for money is insatiable, something they compare to chasing the wind. Arguably, monetary gains motivate most of the crimes witnessed in societies today. This implies that with money out of the picture, societies would witness fewer crimes that they are forced to content day by day.
About the author: Isabella Jones is a master in English philology and philosophy at California University. Isabella is currently working as one of the best writers at the essay writers She also studies feminine psychology.

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