There aren’t many people who haven’t heard it said that “money is the root of all evil.” I know that when I heard it for the first time, as a child, it caused me to look suspiciously at money – and anyone possessing it – for many years thereafter. All during that time I kept wondering how is was that we could all go through life so casually, while constantly touching – and deliberately passing amongst ourselves – something we thought of as being fundamentally evil. But then I discovered Ayn Rand.
This following videos are excerpts from an audio version of Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand. The words are spoken by the character Francisco d’Anconia. The scene is a party of the city’s upper elite class. You know, the kind filled with people pretending to a nobility that they haven’t earned, and who casually toss around their thoughts on what to do about the “poor” whom they know nothing about.
It’s while listening to one of these “pretense conferences” that Fransisco overhears one person say to another that “money is the root of all evil.” This is his response.
This certainly lends credence to that other old saying, “a fool and his money are soon parted,” doesn’t it?!?!
But as incredible as Francisco’s statement was, what really shook me when reading this for the first time so many years ago, was what happened in the seconds after he was finished. First there was the loudly proclaimed, “Oh, how cruel!” by some woman who had obviously heard only what her weak mind was conditioned to hear.
But then there was the question asked by another, more thoughtful woman. I’m paraphrasing here but I think it went, “Mr. d’Anconia, what do you think will happen to the world?” In reply, Francisco gave this simple answer: “Exactly what it deserves.”
I want ice water.