Money is a tool of exchange that allows men to indirectly trade goods and services that they have produced in a market economy.
In a laissez-faire society, uncrippled by government bureaucrats, money is a symbol of man’s unspent production, which has yet to be consumed. When money has been earned (as opposed to looted, stolen, and begged), it is a sign of material and spiritual greatness.
Observe that being “rich” is not a sign of greatness if one has not earned it — to assume otherwise is to reverse cause and effect, as those men who achieve their wealth by plunder and political pull (government favors) attempt to do.
Money is the physical symbol of man’s successful use of his mind in production — whose success is essential to the support of his life. How can this be the root of evil? It cannot. In truth, money is not the root of all evil, but when honesty earned is a sign of good.