A Lesson From Lorde About the Love of Money

Posted on July 20, 2013


My friends and I we’ve cracked the code. We count our dollars on the train to the party. And everyone who knows us knows, That we’re fine with this, we didn’t come for money

Although the insightful, young writer(s) of Lorde acknowledge that they’ll never be royalty, the verse above shows how it didn’t stop them from pursuing their dreams and cracking the code to accumulate money. They didn’t stop pursuing their dreams, because their dreams weren’t about the money.

The more we look at celebrities and wealth as something we could never have and would never want is when the scariest part of class warfare happens – when people convince themselves that all millionaires steal candy from babies, money is the root of all evil and they never want to be rich. Since they don’t ever want to be rich or powerful, they avoid chasing any dreams that money and power might be a byproduct of- like breaking the Gold medal record or becoming the world’s best sushi chef.

Money isn’t the root of all evil, the LOVE of money is the root of all evil. If you happen to acquire money by chasing a different kind of buzz, there’s no reason to feel guilty as long as everyone who knows you knows money and power won’t change your heart.

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  • Edelweiss

    Cool post. Did you know that Lorde is from New Zealand? She’s currently in high school in Auckland – cool reflections from a teenager, eh? =)

    • Shawnee

      Completely agree- very cool reflections for a teenager. New Zealand has been putting out some pretty big world hits the last few years with Gotye last year & then Lorde this year- can’t wait to see what’s next!

  • Ben

    “Money isn’t the root of all evil, the LOVE of money is the root of all evil.”

    100% agree. It’s hard to give money to charity if you don’t have any. The people who chase money and see it as bringing happiness will never be happy once they have it, though it might make people who were happy without it happier.

    A misconception most people have with class warfare is they see groups instead of individuals. Most people making minimum wage today won’t be in 5 years and most people in the top 1% today won’t be in 5 years.

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  • Craig

    Hi Shawnee, the music video and lyrics remind me so much of home. There’s a lot of New Zealand culture in there, and I find it very interesting that the song has done so well in the USA. Ella Yellich-O’Conner (Lorde) is another Kiwi teenager making us proud.

    Did you realise that you’ve linked to the original video? The US version (http://youtu.be/nlcIKh6sBtc) adds a lot of clips of Lorde singing. I think we all know why!

    • Shawnee Huie

      I want to watch the video with you and have you point out all the New Zealand culture! It just started getting big in the UK when I was there last week. Definitely a talented Kiwi!