Greed and Suffering

How we treat each other and the earth shows how broken we are

Shefali O'Hara
8 min readJun 11, 2024
Young boys working in gold mine in Burkhina Faso, Africa: source:

For the love of money is the root of all evil — 1 Timothy v. 6:10

People have this mistaken idea that money is evil. That’s not true. We need money to live. As someone who has been poor, I understand how hard it can be to not have enough money. Yet I have been lucky — I have never unintentionally missed a meal.

My parents were Indian immigrants to New York City and while they sacrificed many things, they always made sure their children were well nourished with healthy, home-cooked meals. My Dad wore the same coat for 10 years (which Mom lovingly patched for him) but us children were well cared for.

Unfortunately this is not the case with many of the children in this world.

And many adults too.

The culprit is greed.

We could lay the blame on the economic system of capitalism, but the reality is that without free markets and the ability to create wealth, many modern innovations would not be here.

One reason we no longer have smallpox epidemics, for example, is that modern technology has allowed us to create vaccines that have led to its eradication.



Shefali O'Hara

Cancer survivor, writer, engineer. BSEE from MIT, MSEE, and MA in history. Love nature, animals, books, art, and interesting discussions.