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The Root of Evil

For the love of Money is the Root of All Evil…  – 1 Timothy 6:10

You have seen in dramas and movies about best friends turning on each other motivated by their selfish desires for riches and fame.  However it is not merely limited to entertainment; it is a reality, one that’s been going on for ages, if not eons.  Money ruins friendships, destroys marriages, shatters trusts, even take lives.  As it is also said in the Bible: You cannot serve both God and Money. (Matthew 6:24)

Of course everyone needs money to buy the things they need to live.  The whole world runs on dollars and cents.  I’m not saying one should not own money, it’s how much you want to hold on for yourself that is the problem.  People are so small-minded, they don’t know how to live within their means.  Of course it cannot be helped; if you look around there are signs and images telling you that you need this or you need that, even though deep down you don’t really really need it.  It’s because they tell you it’s cool to have something or because everyone else owns it so you feel left out.  And because of that you risk losing what is more important to your life and wellbeing than a pack of greens.

This piece was part of my experimentation with a more simplistic graphic line drawing solid bold colors, just like in Keith Haring’s paintings.  And I am using animal imagery to interpret this subject, just like Aesop’s Fables that uses animals instead of humans to tell important messages about human conditions.  There are many instances where animals can act like humans, but unlike us humans, the animals are one-track minded and merely act on their primal need for survival.  On the other hand, humans are capable to knowing right and wrong, and yet to still act upon the opposite is what makes them more dangerous.  I see this piece as a start of a series I will call “Animal Tales,” which I’ll work more to develop it in the near future.  If other things don’t keep detracting me from my path.

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