I’m a big Julia Roberts fan, so when Money Monster came to town, DH and I went to see it. While not a romance, it was tension-filled, and thought provoking.
What has our money system come to?
The intro explains that there was a time we could all walk into our local bank and ask to see our money. The banker would open a big vault, point to a gold brick, and tell us which portion of that was ours. There was something behind the money–gold. That changed in 1971, when the US went off the gold standard and declared the US dollar backed by the “full faith and credit” of the country.
As computing power grew, the ability to trade stocks and bonds went from a group of people (usually men) standing in a huddle shouting trades at each other, to an electronic system of speeding money around the globe. Faster and faster trades have been going on, based on algorithms written by programmers all over the world.
Does anyone really know what’s going on? That’s what the Money Monster posits as a question. The side question for me, is what happens when the programmers writing our code decide they want to sabotage the U.S. financial system. With thousands of lines of code written all over the world, it isn’t difficult to imagine.
Are we really better off with all the data circling the globe, sometimes making fortunes, other times crashing pension plans. According to Select USA, the financial and insurance industry accounts for 7.2% of the gross national product. These sectors spend all day, every day, understanding and manipulating statistics to produce a profit–a far cry from what many of us do.
What does this have to do with romance? Nothing and everything. 1 Timothy 6:10 says, “For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.”
One of the griefs is lack of personal and meaningful love. What would it take for a woman to reach the heart of a man so devoted to money he can’t see anything else? Or vice versa? It’s a common romance trope–“The Billionaire and the…” books abound. Why does it stick around? Like it or not, money can be a powerful aphrodisiac for many.
What do you think? Has the speed of money caused us to lose our way? What happens when it interferes with true love?
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