Naive seems to be a difficult word to explain. The definition itself is quite confusing. My high school English teacher once compared it with the words “innocence” and “ignorance.” He put it this way; innocence is for children, ignorance is the lack of knowledge, and being naive is pretending to be ignorant or in other words looking the other way. Most if not all of us are very much naive in many ways. It is the attitude that has kept us blinded by a many things and taken advantage by the people who know better. It is the attitude that led us to believe to the point of addiction.
The expression “Money is the root of all evil” is commonly misquoted for a passage in the bible that says “The love of money is the root of all evil” (1 Timothy 6:10). Money is like guns, they are just objects. I quote a line I once heard in a movie, “guns don’t kill people; people kill people.” It is the same concept that would apply with money. It is our deepest desires that enable us to do evil. Thus, we have always been capable of terrible things. Our humanity helps us from containing the evil force that is always whispering and trying to get out. What we can do is cage it by the emotion we get from what are most dear to us. They can be our family but I am most certain that they are our friends. Family can be our friends but is does not mean that they are. All I am saying is surround yourself with people who sincerely love you and love them back. Having as many friends as possible is not the same as having true friends. There is a big difference between quantity and quality. One can show his soul to as many people as he permits but only a few can touch it and save it from damnation. Evil will always be within us, lurking and ready to take over and it is because of this that man is the root of all evil. But we are also equipped with the power to prevent and nurture such as love and compassion to help us keep it hidden within the deepest recesses of our hearts.