The love of money is, according to one source, the root of all kinds of evil. It is hard to disagree with that statement. It is often misquoted into “money is the root of all evil” which ignores two important points. The first is that it is not money, but the love of money that the proverb explains causes the damage. The second point is that love of money does is not the root of every kind of evil, but the root of all kinds of evil.
Money is merely a medium of exchange. Those with it can acquire possessions, luxuries, servants and power. They can frequently acquire, with the mere possession of money, partners with whom to enjoy their lives. Those partners acquired understand the importance of money and they find it an easy way to acquire possessions and luxuries of their own through the acquisition of a partner who has plenty of the useful stuff.
So having understood what money provides we must understand what is the root of all money. For most people the root of money is work. For some it is the work of earlier generations. Work can be hard, pleasant or quite evil in its consequences. But as the root of all kinds of evil is money and the root of all kinds of money is work, does this mean that the root of all kinds of evil is work?
But a root in itself only has a function if something grows from it.