On Money and Its Relation To Living
It’s been a while since I write for fun. At least, a piece not work-related. Finally, I came with an idea in mind and have the courage to write today.
The inspiration came from watching Squid Game on Netflix. I could say that it’s a quite good piece, though it might not be the best. The series contains so many layers of social issues and actually can be reviewed from many points of view and approaches. However, my intention is not to review the film, so you may check it somewhere else :P.
The biggest drive that makes the plot going of that film is money (by the way, there is another Korean movie with this kind of premise titled Money that you can also consider watching).
People who don’t have any money problems might not relate to any of the triggering factors of why the characters joining the game. It was also me, at the first time watching it, while murmuring “Why should people go crazy for money? Even willing to die for it?”
The answer is that without money, people will eventually die too. This is a sad truth and I know we’re living in this system since we were born. Even since my great-great-grandfathers and ancestor era. It’s internalized so deeply that no one ever gets to change it.
When I think about it again, people work so hard, with money as the main drive. If someone asks you “why do you have to work that hard?”, what would you answer? To have money, right? We all need money to stay alive. No matter how saint you try to live your life, you need money to keep going.
That’s the bitter pill that I have to swallow after watching the series. Not only the money problem, but it also gives me chills thinking that life is an actual jungle, while everyone fights to survive. Only the strongest men will endure, oh and money gives you that power to be strong. Some even literally get to play along with someone else’s life just because they're super-rich.
Nevertheless, the series gives some kind of hope since the winner is actually has a strong sense of humanity. That is kind of idealistic and utopic, but it does give me hope that there are so many people that live as kind humans. The exact line between life and death is so thin, and I believe in the afterlife. Life doesn’t just stop on this earth, considering how small we are in this entire universe. I know I’m not the only believer. There’s a quote from the series that I like:
The richest and poorest people in this world have one thing in common: life becomes too boring for them.
I find it right, since the richest people have everything they want, while the poorest people don’t have anything. At that point, life can be boring and tasteless, there’s no joy in doing or having anything again.
However, what’s the parameter of being the richest and the poorest again? We’re the one who has control of it and know when we have ‘enough’ when we have to be grateful of everything. That way I believe that life won’t be so tasteless.
This money topic can actually be debatable since there’s no right or wrong, but I hope that everyone can find their own meaning of life beyond just working for money. I really wish that people actually don’t have a tasteless and boring life, I really do. Let’s work together to make the world a better place to live, even by doing only the smallest gesture.