Wednesday, June 9, 2010


In the booth next to mine was a rather intense discussion about money. I joined it (which means I was overhearing their discussion) already in progress.

“Man I hate those people,” Twiddle-Dumb said. “It’s only about profits. They’re so /#ck!ng greedy. I just hate them, you know? It’s like they say, ‘Money’s the root of all evil,’ and those mother/#ck3rs are absolutely evil.”

“I’m with you bro,” said Twiddle-Dumber. “Greed and profits, man, that’s all corporations are concerned with. They’re all a bunch of money-grabbing ba&t*rds. And now they’re not only screwing the people, they’re destroying the planet too. But as long as the money keeps rolling in, they’re happy.”

They of course went on for another fifteen minutes or so, their rants just dripping with hate and ignorance, laced with profanities completely out of place in a family restaurant, and utterly void of solutions or alternatives. Just venomous vitriol that oozed out of their hearts, filled their minds and poisoned not only their moods but the moods of those sitting in the same section.

Just as a side note: Twiddle-Dumb was wearing a Dallas Cowboys jersey while Twiddle-Dumber was wearing a Washington Redskins jersey. Coincidentally, those NFL franchises are two of the wealthiest sports franchises in the world, both members of the Billion Dollar Plus Club when it comes to revenue.

A few points of clarification need to be made.

First, money is not the root of all evil. The Bible, from whence this saying originates, actually says, “For the love of money is a root of all [kinds of] evil ...” (1 Timothy 6:10 NKJV) So it isn’t money alone. How could it be? Money is just the representation of value that the world has placed on something. It is the motive behind the pursuit of it and/or the charity of it, that may display evil.

Some of the world’s wealthiest men, women and corporations are also some of its most charitable. And it should also be said that some of the world’s poorest men, women and corporations are also some of its most stingy and ungiving.

It’s not what’s in the wallet that matters, but what’s in the heart.

Second, profits are not inherently bad. Profits are merely what, if any, money you have left after all expenses and taxes are paid. If you’re against profit, the only thing left to be for is either breakeven or bankruptcy, and neither one is a good model of a successful business.

Third, a family restaurant is not the place for language better left in an adult environment. Look around next time. If you see small kids in the booth or table within earshot of your conversation, show some consideration. You do not live in a vacuum.

Fourth, your words are like seeds being planted in the garden of life. What you sow is what you reap. Sow hate and guess what you reap.

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