They say money's the root of all evil but I can't tell
You know what I mean, pesos, francs, yens, cowrie shells, dollar bills
Or is it the mindstate that's ill?
Money is only valuable if we give it value — you can live a perfectly happy life on $20/day
Note, too, that “Pesos, franc, yens, cowrie shells, and dollar bills” are all a legitimate form of currency, depending on what country you live in
In context of the Morrison’s The Bluest Eye these lyrics greatly parallel to her line “Along with the idea of romantic love, she was introduced to another- physical beauty. Probably the most destructive ideas in the history of human thought” Just as money is an asset that is socially constructed, the perception of beauty is a subjective concept that is likewise determined by society. People do “evil” things to acquire money and people do “destructive” things to acquire beauty because of the great societal pressures to attain them. Both the song and the book allude to the fact that arbitrary definitions of what deem a person superior, like money and beauty, have greatly degraded the true essence of individuality to a level of superficiality. Thus, the skewed priorities of money and beauty have destroyed more meaningful aspects of life.
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