How can sacrificing trust fulfill the American Dream?

By: Lovell Cox

Inside Jobs and The Great Gatsby

It only takes one mistake to lose someone’s trust. That is why some people give up trust to pursue their own dreams. It’s a dog eats dog world and everyone has to fend for him or herself.

In the movie Inside Jobs, many of the top people in their companies lie about what is really going on to make their company sound like the best. When Krugman was speaking the truth, he knew that telling the truth would help him in the long run. “By their very existence the health insurance rackets are in a zero sum game with true reform. By definition it’s not possible for them to be legitimate participants in any true reform process. He said that by way of criticizing Obama’s solicitude for those rackets, brazen even then” (Inside Jobs). He spoke the truth and it only got him in more trouble when he was in front of the other companies. People questioned him about lying but he only went around the question not stating whether it was his true self-talking or what his company wanted him to say. No bank trusted another bank because they all learned they had to fend for themselves.

In the book “The Great Gatsby” Nick looses his trust in everyone he knows to become close to Gatsby no matter what people said about Gatsby, Nick didn’t believe them he only wanted to believe Gatsby’s side of the story. "He's a bootlegger," said the young ladies, moving somewhere between his cocktails and his flowers. "One time he killed a man who had found out that he was nephew to von Hindenburg and second cousin to the devil. Reach me a rose, honey, and pour me a last drop into that there crystal glass" (chapter 4). many people talked bad about him but Nick wanted all his trust in one person.

Both Nick and the companies in Inside Job had trust in only one thing. Nick put his trust in Gatsby and the other companies put their trust in each other. If they were to trust more then their secrets were to come out . To persuade a dream giving up trust can be a huge sacrifice due to the fact you have to survive on your own and not have anymore help. Once Gatsby died Nick had no one because no one actually liked Gatsby in the first place.

Justin Bieber and Greed Speech

Justin Bieber’s fame and greed forced him to learn that trust isn’t really what is set out to be. He states, "you shouldn't trust anybody" (Justin Bieber). In order to fulfill your dream you need to give up trust. Many headlines were all plain lies that people had said about him. People always seem to twist around his words, no matter what he tells them. I trust my mum and dad. I trust Scooter with my career; he's always made sure I'm taken care of and that's it." In American Rhetoric: Movie Speech “ The new law of evolution in corporate America seems to be survival of the unfittest” meaning “ do it right or get eliminated” (American Rhetoric). In Justin Biebers case “greed.. is good” he learned the hard way that giving up trust in other people is the only way he can build his own self esteem. (American Rhetoric: Movie Speech) His money and fame has driven him to do great things for organizations and families and that’s what people forget about is the good he has actually done. So many rumors spread about him and he can’t trust anyone anymore. “ Greed in all of its forms—greed for life, for money, for love, knowledge – has marked the upward surge of mankind” (American Rhetoric: Movie Speech). If money is not in place nothing can happen because that’s all what people care about. If Justin Bieber didn’t have a lot of money to show people, nobody would really care about him, but because they know what he does with it is what people care about. To give up strong relationships with people is a sacrifice to pursuing the American dream.

Wall Street's Great Depression

Because of the Great Recession, the economy plummeted. Who is there to trust in this kind of situation? Nobody. This took a huge toll on America and “this crisis may be more than double the $6 trillion to $14 trillion estimate” ( Wall Street ). Giving up your money to a bank that doesn’t know what its doing with it can be very risky. Risk and trust can play a huge factor together because when taking a big risk, you want a lot of trust in that person. Obviously in this situation it didn’t pay off because they most likely were in debt because of the banks. This situation “ induce[s] sticker shock on average Americans as well as economists and global investors” (Wall street). This left an effect on everybody and taught everybody a valuable lesson. Only trust a minimal amount of people no matter what they say. You never know who will come back and lie to you about what could always be done in your hands no matter what.

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