Is Money Really The Root of All Evil?

I consider myself a pretty spiritual guy, which is why I try as much as I can to treat people right, especially my family and friends. But that’s not always easy, especially when it comes to money.

I don’t believe money is the root of all evil, but I do believe people can become corrupt in pursuit of it. I feel blessed to be in the position to be able to help out the people I love and care about in my life, but sometimes people try to count your pockets like they were right there with you when you were the one in the studio all day and night and then had to get up and take your kids to school and then do it all over again.

I’ve had folks who I’m simply just cool with or may have just met a few times and they feel like just because I got a few songs in rotation that I ain’t got nothing better to do with my money than to just give it to them even though the conversation always starts with, “Can I borrow…”

Of course now, I only “lend” what I can afford to give away because you can let money make you angry and bitter, especially when someone you call your family or friend promises to repay it. I’m the type of person that will share whatever I have but I don’t appreciate when folks assume that while I may live comfortably that I can afford to just have multiple loans just out there or have money sitting around just for me hand out.

I think I feel this way because I’ve worked hard for what I have and continue to do so and know what it’s like to really sacrifice and struggle. And while I’m a kind-hearted person, I gotta make sure my future is secure, too. You never know how the business is gonna go. Even this so-called “recession” or whatever you may call it has taught all of us a lesson in being a little wiser with how we spend and how we lend. I don’t ever want to be in a position where money controls me but I do want to be in control of my money and that’s not being e-v-i-l, that’s trying to l-i-v-e.

  • http://www.Twitter.com/Pierzy Pierzy

    That quote always gets twisted. It’s not that money is the root of all evil, it’s: “The LOVE of money is the root of all evil.”

    There’s a major distinction and, unfortunately, the sentiment – and the quote – gets distorted constantly.

    • these posts are racist

      tomatoe tomata…or whatever. the point is that money breeds jealous/envy/entitelment, and those who seek it are never content.

  • 7 Mile Style

    @ Pierzy….True talk sir!!

  • ra

    people are the root of all evil….money is paper and never killed anyone. let’s be honest,human beings are a fucked up creation,i bet everything was fine before we got here…..

  • alderman j

    If i dont have it to give away, then i wont let you borrow it. I preserve friendships that way. Its called preventive maintenance, i notice people will track you down to borrow the money but then you have to track them down to get your money back, i want you to pay me back with the same intensity you borrowed with.

    MEN do EVIL, money dont, BOTTOM LINE!!!

  • oskamadison

    More real talk, Zay. You need a permanent spot here.

  • http://www.OPPF.org INVICTUS

    I love that quote “The LOVE of money is the root of all evil”. Man has given so much power to that piece of paper, and everything else, that we will take something SOOOO precious; a life, or risk it all (rob, steal, etc), JUST to obtain it. Take gold for instance; a piece of ordinary looking rock in its natural form. But process it, add certain elements, and take away the “imperfections”, and you are left with an item that has led to the rise of many vast empires, and the enslavement and annihilation of countless others.

    I feel the volumes the blog is speaking on such a high level because one would sell his soul to obtain monetary riches.

    Remember, WE give value to money, it is not the other way around.

    ROO to the QUES.

  • 619

    Like Styles P said “Lived my whole life for a green piece of paper”. People created money.

  • real talk

    well, the fact is that nothing is natural. everything is learned through a person’s environment. people need food to eat. in order to obtain food in today’s “system”, you must work hours at a job to sustain your life. there are no jobs. people don’t make money, so shit gets dirty.. there never will be ‘new’ jobs again.
    nobody takes into account of the fact that there is such a thing as technological unemployment, where technology replaces jobs. 90% or more of the jobs in existence today could be wiped out this very second if we applied the already existing technology we have. automated food production for the entire planet is 110% possible right the fuck now. the only thing holding it back is you can’t profit off of sustainability. fact is moneys outdated. we don’t need this shit. it’s paper. you can argue and bicker all you want, but it’s time to change as a humanity. in order to be rich in the world, there must be poverty. everyone in the world can’t be wealthy at the same time, that’s not how the monetary system works. i don’t know how this conclusion hasn’t been drawn before.
    if you’re interested in moving on from the monetary system (basically the illuminati), look into this.

    the venus project
    the zeitgeist movement

    this proposes all of the world’s resources are the common heritage of it’s people. give people what they want, they don’t steal and turn corrupt. simple as that. oh and FUCK the government.

  • W. J. Rice

    As they say, Guns don’t kill people, people kill people.

    The love for is money is only evil because people allow themselves to travel down immoral roads to obtain it.

    • these posts are racist

      Not true. Why is arrogance so despised? Because people think they are above universal laws.

  • http://myspace.com/eddiedolla Eddie

    1 TIMOTHY 6:10 “For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows”… according to the word of GOD it is the “LOVE OF MONEY” that is “EVIL”. I mean lets be real in “ANY HOOD USA” we have people killing one another for the dollar. On Wallstreet you have people business wise and black mail/conspiracy wise cutting eachother throats over money. In suburbia you have people who are ignorant towards one another, and them less fortunate because of the paper. And you have the average joe who is just trying to make a living but everything around him/her is money influenced. Hey look at Kanye’s verse ‘I had a dream I could buy my way into heaven when I awoke I spent that on a necklace” just to be able to front outwardly/image wise as if you have some money warrents a certain level of respect. Money is needed as currency/assets to obtain/live to an extent. No different than its been since GOD created the heaven’s and the earth, it’s just aint nobody gonna sell me land in this day and age for 2 goats, 1 cattle, and some sheep. Threw the Lord all things are possible, and keeping GOD first shows you what/where/when/why/who and How to spend/live/disperse/share/use money in all situations.

    • DV8

      Thank you….

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  • Sovereign

    Stop always bringing god into thingz.hes not even real,so get over it

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  • http://www.myspace.com/rjd1prince RJ The Prince

    The love of money is definately the root of all evil.We can’t eliminate it, it controls our actions like it’s the new religion that nobody acknowledges.Face it, the whole money system is corrupt, what should we expect from a corrupt system? Other than corruption?

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