Don’t Blame Booze and Money

Let’s talk frankly about two man-made products that receive hefty doses of blame for their evil effect on humans: Booze and Money. 

To clarify, money is merely a system of exchange. It replaced barter because it was more convenient than carrying around a flock of sheep or satchel of beads. Money also measures value. Although, it often causes individuals to demonstrate their values

Alcohol, on the other hand, is a product of fermentation or distillation that’s been with mankind even longer than money. Do some people abuse it? Absolutely. I’m not making light of that. I’m merely pointing out that alcohol and money are scapegoats when it’s human character that’s the issue. 

Allow me to explain. 

You routinely hear, “Money is the root of all evil?” Or, “Money brings out the worst in people.” 

Wrong. Money is an inanimate object. It’s people that are evil. 

If you pilfer cash from your senile grandmother, you’re a predatory thief. Don’t blame the money. Swindlers who lie and cheat to make a buck are swindlers. Period. When somebody screws someone on a deal then says, “it’s not about the money,” it’s always about the money. Because the screwer was out to screw the screwee because that’s the who the screwer is. Period. 

Moving on to alcohol. 

I’ve been talking comedically on stage for 23 years. I’ve delivered hundreds of presentations where I was the only sober guy in the room. In my college days, I bartended. Suffice it to say, I’ve been around a lot of people who’ve had a lot to drink. 

But booze isn’t the problem, people are. Alcohol simply lowers the inhibition of the individual which allows him or her to take their mask off. That “bad drunk” you know who turns violent when he drinks? That’s who he really is inside; it just takes booze for him to demonstrate it. 

Put simply, alcohol and money are truth serum. Want to see character traits in bright light? Put a little money up for grabs at an estate settlement. Want somebody’s unfiltered personality? Give them a bottle — drunks aren’t dumb, they’re honest. 

Sure, there are chemical dependence issues associated with alcohol. Likewise there are disorders that resonate with how people handle money. But before you sing the “money is the root of all evil and alcohol is the devil” chorus, realize this: Money and Booze don’t bring out people’s worst, they generally bring out people’s truth. 

Damian Mason is a businessman, speaker, entertainer, and observer of humanity. Find him at