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Taming greed for money

As an adage says, ‘money is the root of evil. It can push a person to heaven; likewise it is capable of leading him or her to hell.’ Having huge money is not a problem but what matters is the process or how a person gets it. Money one got through intense suffering is usually spent prudently while the one stolen is mostly spent lavishly. The ungoverned love of wealth for years has been the rationale that led many into heinous activities. People who cut their coats according to their clothes are content with the little they have. Such people are just few compared to those ready to do anything for money.

Basically, the level of defiance and derailment from the good norms and values of different communities are implications of parental negligence. This kind of act sadly focuses on garnering wealth rather than making time to train offspring well. Some spend the whole day in markets and others at workplaces while children are left at homes with nannies or housemaids. Sadly, overzealous individuals or groups in societies prefer to be wealthy through short-cuts. They take part in diverse atrocities to be rich and famous.

It has pushed numerous people into unwholesome activities. The number of those who engage in money ritual has lately increased; this is obvious with the increasing rate of human bodies with severed body parts seen in some places in the country.

Some people in their quest to be rich are actively involved in cultism. They sacrifice their loved ones such as fathers, mothers, cousins or relatives. They do so without bothering about the implications. The majority of them end up in life-long distress. Furthermore, some willingly agree to be hard-drug couriers or involve in human trafficking all in a bid to get-rich-quick.  The risk in these ventures is huge as life sentence and death by hanging in some countries are often the price to pay for involvement in these vices.

Misappropriation and embezzlement of public funds earmarked for public projects are also driven by excess love for wealth. They often lead to the loss of dignity and put perpetrators and their families in perpetual shame.

Every action comes with a penalty. It’s vital for people to be careful of peer pressure and wary of family influences. Most times, eyes tend to be glued to what they see. It is left to the individual to be careful. Some people heed to wrong pieces of advice and end up biting their fingers. Unemployment and idleness can also be linked to the excess love for wealth. Idle mind as they say is a devil’s workshop. Negative thoughts can wander dangerously on a daily basis; bad leaders and politicians take advantage of unemployed youths to recruit them for thuggery and violence while their children and loved ones are in safety abroad.

Genuinely, the major causative agent of excess love for wealth is greed and selfishness. Most of those that fell into the traps of avaricious do so due to the inability to control their egos; they end-up regretting when their abominable actions put them in trouble. Disturbingly, the skyrocketing level of poverty and economic hardship of a country also make shallow-minded citizens embrace both good and negative ventures to amass wealth through any means. This situation is worsened by the authorities’ failure to discharge their tasks effectively, train people in useful skills and provide them with necessary tools to thrive.

To put an end to the dastardly behaviour of excess love for wealth, parents from the outset should teach children contentment and enrol them in learning skills for them to be useful members of societies without waiting for governments’ jobs after graduating from tertiary institutions. Governments, ministries and agencies need to eradicate poverty through empowerments, lower the level of economic hardships by stabilising commodity prices and reorientate the public on the ills of uncontrolled love for wealth.

Finally, parents, community leaders and stakeholders should act as watchdogs over youths by ensuring that those they interact with are of good characters. The government must also ensure that politicians who sponsor thugs are deservedly punished notwithstanding their positions in society.

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