Losing your sense of reality
What is the cost of pursuing a dream?
to pursue a dream you must be willing to sacrifice a few aspects in your life.
Whether that is a person or money or your dignity, hardly anything comes free. Of course, everyone wants to get to the top and along the way some people start to become misguided, having a difficult time grasping what is real and what is just not meant for them. Losing your sense of reality is a cost of pursuing a dream.
Losing a sense of reality can happen quite often when it comes to financial issues.
For example, Bernard Mandoff created a ponzi scheme, where he took investors money, over 50 billion dollars, claimed to invest it but he was really just using it on himself. He lost what was truly his reality and made up this whole fake lifestyle that ended up with him sentenced to 150 years in prison where he constantly asks himself, "How could I have done this? Am I flawed character?". After doing some research it was apparent that Goldman, Sachs also created a little fake reality of their own. "However, rarely, if ever, in history has an enterprise grown as the Gold- man Sachs Trading Corporation and its offspring grew in the months ahead." (In Goldman, Sachs We Trust 234). Millions trusted them with their money and when they unexpectedly failed, it was time to face their ACTUAL reality. Also In the movie, Inside Job, Andrew Sheng asks, "Why should a financial engineer be paid four times to 100 times more than a real engineer? A real engineer build bridges. A financial engineer build dreams. And, you know, when those dreams turn out to be nightmares, other people pay for it." These financial businesses created a false reality for the world to believe that they are who they say they are. They make people believe a certain reality and they lose their own sense of reality in order to keep pursuing their own selfish dream to become the best.
"Reality is that which when you stop believing in it, It doesn't go away"- Philip K. Dick, Valis
In other cases, some people think they are more worthy than they actually are.
Historically, Adolf Hitler is a prime example. He "created a national culture that claimed the individual came second to the country". In order to satisfy political goals he started world war 2 and took on country after country, which resulted in taking on countries that were too powerful and he was ultimately defeated and conquered. In "The Great Gatsby" Jay Gatsby also had a hard time grasping the concept of reality. "He wouldn‘t consider it. He couldn‘t possibly leave Daisy until he knew what she was going to do. He was clutching at some last hope and I couldn‘t bear to shake him free" (Fitzgerald 148). Both of these men had seemed to rise almost completely to the top. But in pursuing that dream, they had realized, once it was too late, that they had lost sense of what was truly meant for them and that was harsh reality.