Money And Desire : A Powerful Combination

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Money and Desire: A Powerful Combination In this materialistic world, money, a necessity for survival, enables man to satisfy his innumerable wants. However, the desire to pursue financial stability could sometimes be self-destructive, as one turns his greed into a bottomless pit that exhausts him and eventually isolates him from the rest of the world. Two movies, Margin Call and The Social Network, demonstrate the complex dynamic between commerce and individuals who struggle to find a balance between morality and money. Margin Call depicts the internal conflicts investment bank employees have between morality and greed when facing a financial meltdown while The Social Network delivers a enthralling look into the struggle between greed…show more content…
The firm’s goal is to maximize profits and minimize losses at any costs. The firm conducts an unannounced massive layoff and eighty percent of the employees are laid off. This shows the firm’s view that individual employees are just like disposable items. Employees could be thrown away whenever they no longer benefit the firm and could easily be replaced by someone else. Human beings are used only as tools to keep a company running until they get rusty and are no longer needed. The movie progresses as the remaining employees meet with the senior executives when the initial stage of 2008 financial crisis finally hits. Many workers, especially the ones higher on the hierarchy, are concerned only by the welfare of their corporations. The division head Jared Tuld and the CEO Cohen even suggest ways to protect the company such as passing off the “toxic assets”, whose values have fallen significantly and are no longer functioning in the market to their loyal customers, who “ wander around with absolutely no idea what is about to happen,” to limit the firm’s exposure before the market learns of the worthlessness of their financial assets. As this financial meltdown continues, many employees start to question the ethics of their choices. Although Sam Rogers, the Head of Sales and Trading, strongly disagrees with Tuld and Cohen’s idea and warns them that dumping the “toxic assets” will spread risk in the
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