Cost of pursuing a dream:
What is the cost of pursuing a dream? Values/Morals
The cost of their Vaues for Money
Miley Cyrus, one of the most talked about celebrity of 2013, has in fact achieved the American Dream. By making millions of dollars and attaining worldwide fame, she has become a global pop sensation all over the nation and even the world. However she isn't seen as the innocent teenager that was portrayed in the TV show Hannah Montana, but rather knowing for her "twerking" skills and scandalous clothing. She has given up on trying to be a good influence for her fans all in an effort to achieve the American Dream and make millions which is exactly what she is doing.
Frederic Mishkin, a professor at Columbia Business School, one of the main interviewee's of the documentary interviews multiple people digging for truth. The very beginning of the documentary discusses the poor conditions of Iceland's economy, which, Mishkin wrote a paper about. The title of the paper ironically was named "Financial Stability in Iceland" when the documentary suggested that Iceland was in the midst of economic crisis.
"Frederic Mishkin was paid $124,000 by the Icelandic Chamber of Commerce to write this paper" (Inside Job).
In all three of these cases they all technically achieved the American Dream of making lots of money but all of them lost their moral values with it. Values of purity, honesty, and dignity were all lost between these three. Gatsby selling illegal things, Miley transforming not caring anymore about being a good role model, and Mishkin providing countless false statements all for money. Is/was it worth it? To them maybe but to most outside viewers no.
"Greed is good"
To some greed is good and maybe it has the potential to save the United States from crumbling, but that doesn't make it morally okay or acceptable. Greed has not and never will be moral. Though having unmoral values, it is what is required to achieve the American Dream in the words of Gekko.
- "Greys Anatomy - Ordinary/What Happened to Me (Meredith Grey).avi." YouTube. YouTube, 31 Jan. 2010. Web. 08 Jan. 2014.
- "Gordon Gekko "Greed Is Good" Full Speech *read the Description*." YouTube. YouTube, 09 Dec. 2011. Web. 05 Jan. 2014.
- Fitzgerald, F. Scott, and Matthew J. Bruccoli. The Great Gatsby. New York, NY: Scribner, 1996. Print.