“So you think that money is the root of all evil? Have you ever asked what is the root of money? Money is the material shape of the principle that men who wish to deal with one another must deal by trade and give value for value. … Your wallet is your statement of hope that somewhere in the world around you there are men who will not default on that moral principle which is the root of money. Is this what you consider evil?
Let me give you a clue to men’s character: The man who damns money has obtained it dishonorably; the man who respects it has earned it. Run for your lives from any man who tells you that money is evil. That sentence is the leper’s bell of an approaching looter. So long as men live together on earth and need means to deal with one another – their only substitute, if they abandon money, is the muzzle of a gun. …”
Ayn Rand – Atlas Shrugged, 1957
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Even more than the words we choose (Black Friday), money has an uncanny way of revealing the true character of all who touch it. With so many people drowning in debt. With corruption running rampant. With those we look to for leadership showing no leadership at all. Could it be, after stumbling drunkenly into The Great Recession, that mankind has proven itself unworthy of the genuine virtue that money represents?
I want ice water.