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Sultan Saeed Al Darmaki: Money isn’t to blame
June 29, 2012
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“Money is the root of all evil” is a common phrase that I have been hearing throughout my life, what this phrase means is that the problems that are happening around the world are there simply because of the existence of money. Personally I believe that without money there would be infinite times more problems than we are already having today.

So why would people think that money caused all the problems in many things such as society and politics? My guess is that since money has no voice of its own then it would be easier for people to blame it instead of finding out who is really to blame.

Money doesn’t cause greed, corruption, insanity or hatred. Money is simply a tool like a car, a brain or any ordinary household item. If a tool was made specifically for something that seemed to be a harmless task, then why do people start blaming it when a few use it for something that it wasn’t meant for?

For example: Cars were created to get from point A to point B in X amount of time, if someone used it for ramming it into people then blame the person and not the car. Money was simply made for two things: Buying and Earning. If someone does something wrong or silly because of money, then it is the person’s own fault for getting carried away.

One reason why money is mostly to blame is because people think that most crimes committed are by people who either lacked money or wanted more of it. Let us not forget that we live in a diversified world, there are many more crimes out there that are caused by lust, revenge, hate and insanity than crimes thought to be caused by money. Crime is simply caused by senseless people, end of story.

Money doesn’t enable crime, greed or corruption, what it enables is trade, progress, development and survival. Imagine, if you will (or can), what would happen if there were no money around, would you see people being happier? I really don’t think people would be happy since they would have to be carrying around tons of items like produce, livestock or personal stuff to barter with at the shops so that they can do some shopping.

I’d hate to think how many kilos of stuff one has to carry with him to the shop to buy an Apple Mac Book Pro laptop, or even worse, how many camels would needed to be traded in for a Rolls Royce Phantom. Honestly, people are happy with money, the problem is that you will find many that are not completely happy with what they already have…and yes this is happening in a world where almost 90% of the people don’t have anything to begin with.

They say that money doesn’t buy happiness, so explain to me why I am smiling when I get paid or when I am buying something? Happiness differs from person to person, I guarantee you that someone who is able to buy a Nintendo Wii is just as happy as the person who managed to attain enlightenment without having to pay for it. Just because people can be happy with money, that doesn’t mean they are shallow or materialistic, it just means that they have a different taste as everyone else have, which is clearly human nature.

So don’t blame the money, blame the person who has allowed him/herself to be fooled that he/she needed more money, furthermore it was also their own faults for resorting to unethical means of getting money instead of working harder or saving it more often.

Money is our friend, it is good for me, it is good for you and it is good for someone who may or may not know. Throughout history it may have been the brains that developed our planet, but without the invention of money, we’d probably not see the modern world we are now living in until the year 4000. Intellectualism and money go hand in hand…it’s the unintellectual with/without money that tends to pose a problem.
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The writer, based in Abu Dhabi,
is a graduate of New York Institute
of Technology (AD). He is the author
of Under My Black Halo.

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