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Dirty Money: The Battle Between Necessary and Compulsory

28 Jun, 2019
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Dirty Money: The Battle Between Necessary and Compulsory

There’s a common saying which goes “the rich get richer,” and while that may hold true – it’s not always done through legal or moral methods. ‘Dirty Money’, Netflix’s documentary series takes a look at the stories of scandal and corruption in business, exposing acts of corporate greed and corruption – without taking in the humane aspect of it.

The stories range from Nazi Germany’s car manufacturing company to the 45th president of the United States of America. It has been told in such a riveting manner that you would be hooked to it within minutes. This is not just your ordinary Netflix and Chill segment show – this will provoke you to unravel the dark places that you would go to earn the extra buck. 

The impact of these documentary series is often underrated as they mostly get lost in the limelight of the commercial streaming shows. The show not only left me daunting but also made me question myself – would I go to these extremes to get that extra million?

Earning money: How much is too much?

Money is one of the most emotional subjects on the planet. It is often said that you should never ask one of how much they earn. Most of the people are more comfortable with sharing the intimate details of their sex lives with friends than sharing the intimate details of their bank passbooks. What does money stand for though, other than a smooth exchange of goods and services? So, why is it that you have an emotional relationship with money? And what is it that gives money its emotional power? One answer is that you, yourself. 

Many people have an unhealthy relationship with money.  And most of the times, it’s not their fault. Some of you have been taught to think about money in a certain way since you were a child. Which as a result, instead of inheriting money, you inherited your unhealthy relationship with it.  Some people have had some bad experiences around money or lack thereof at some point, and they carry around this sad feeling their whole lives. 

There are even whole industries that perpetuate an unhealthy relationship with money – Take the pilot documentary as an example, a renowned car manufacturing company in order to spend less money in developing an environmentally friendly engine, was willing to jeopardize the environment. Earning money at the cost of a poor air quality index was something that the greed of money did to them. 

Financial Wellness

We all demonstrate a strong need for financial independence, but it’s not just about being able to pay your bills or partying whenever you like to. It is about developing a healthy relationship with money – being able to control and pay your short term financial obligations, while also working towards the medium and long term goals will help you to attain the financial wellness. This documentary awestruck me with the kind of level the showcased businessmen were willing to stoop down on the moral scale in order to increase their businesses.

Need or Want?

You and I are human beings, we have very few basic needs. Safety and independence are namely two of them. It is when the line of distinction starts to become blurry for you and you start acting so irrational towards a luxury lifestyle that you are willing to sabotage anything or anyone just to have your bank account credited with more money. For most individuals, money was always linked with living their life to the best but for most of them, money was just a means of survival.

This 6-episode docuseries is an eye opener towards the corporations and celebrities who have been enjoying their limelight at the cost of others – but this documentary series doesn’t hold the classic prejudice against the capitalists like usual, as it lays down every story piece by piece for you to understand and realize the lengths humans go to for something which is merely something that is used to conduct smooth transfer of goods and services.

Omkar Kulkarni is a self-proclaimed art appreciator, a certified film reviewer and someone’s favorite human being.

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