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The Wolf of Wallstreet

This was a typical movie depicting wallstreet stock-broker, capitalists as extremely immoral. The main characters, first among whom is played by Leonardo di Capprio, are shown abusing drugs and having sex with many prostitutes, many times. This is definitely not a family film.

During the Middle Ages, when wealth was based on land and gold and silver coins, the economy was a zero-sum game; wealth was limited by the amount of land and the number of coins. Therefore, the only way for one person to gain wealth was by taking it away from someone else. In some cases this 'taking away' was violent, but in other cases it was voluntary, as in someone donating land or money to the Church. Either way, in order for someone to gain, another had to lose. The world was a zero-sum game.

Many Catholics today believe that the world is still a zero-sum game, in which it is impossible for anyone to gain without someone else losing. According to this belief, the rich are guilty of stealing from others. I know, however, that this is not so. While it is true that some wealthy individuals are immoral, gaining wealth today does not necessarily require sinful acts, nor are rich people more immoral than poor people. In fact, I think that rich people are more virtuous than poor people. When I was poor, I did what I needed to survive, and that sometimes included unethical behavior. I wanted to do good for the people I loved, but I had not the ability. Now that I am no longer poor, I not only live more ethically, but I do good for the people I love, and I give to charity. In this movie there is a great line: "I have been rich and I have been poor. I choose rich!" The Leonardo di Capprio character says that, and I agree. JESUS CHRIST said that there is more happiness in giving than in receiving. HE was right. There is more joy in giving than in receiving, therefore being wealthy is better than being poor, because a wealthy person can give, but a poor person cannot.