Wealth has its sway over society. The Goddess of wealth is Laxmi. Her carrier is owl. So there are owls and owls all around.
Is means not the end. But today money has been made the end. That’s why there is so much greed and dishonesty.
Knowledge has its sway over society. The Goddess of knowledge is Saraswati. Her carrier is swan. So there was discretion of right and wrong.
Discretion has its hold over society, virtues develop automatically. In that society there is no cheating, dishonesty and greed.