There is an ad going around for a new TV show that has the quote:
"Money is the root of all evil."
But this quote happens to be one of the biggest misquotes in literature. The original quote is:
"The love of money is the root of all evil."
And there is a big difference between the two. The former, "Money is the root of all evil", blames money for all of the evil in the world, while the later, "The love of money is the root of all evil", suggests that we are the cause of all of the evil in the world. The former denies responsibility, while the latter takes responsibility.
And I feel that this misquote is quite fitting because what seems to be one of the main characteristics of those who are considered to be greedy is that they deny responsibility for their actions. They blame external factors, such as money, and they don't realize that they are causing all of their pain and suffering.
And the joke of all this is that we can only be responsible. We can't not take responsibility because in believing that we are not taking responsibility, in a complicated way, we are really taking responsibility for believing that we are not taking responsibility. We can only ever be responsible.
Bonus: This 4-minute scene from a movie that I love, "Vivre Sa Vie", I believe, captures responsibility really well. Up until this moment in the film, Nana has fallen into prostitution and when talking to a friend of hers, she has an epiphany that makes her feel ashamed of the decisions that she's made. Click here to watch the scene: Vivre Sa Vie Cafe Scene.
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