Is Money Just a Game?
The Morality of Money
SOHUM TRIPATHI ('24)
Have you ever questioned what the true fuel source of life is? At first glance, you might say food. While that is true, to be able to consume food, you must have something else: money. Whether in the form of pieces of paper, coins, or digital zeros and ones, money has been around for tens of thousands of years. In itself, money is worthless; however, in a functioning society, its worth can be great. Money always has been based largely on this idea of trust. While the ethics of money are rarely questioned, the various methods of acquiring money, irrespective of its legality, have been somewhat controversial and disputed, being regarded as unjust or simply dishonorable. It should be noted and acknowledged that, for every penny someone makes, money can also be used to ruin and upend the average person’s life, regardless of intent.
It is with excitement and pride that we publish this third issue of the Avenues Online literary journal, The Network.
Each issue of this journal focuses on a question that is relevant to current events. When current events were examined—the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the short-selling of Gamestop stock, the need for regulation of cryptocurrencies, and the threat of inflation—we realized that all these issues were linked by money. Displaced workers of the COVID-19 pandemic lacked money. Industries that could be flexible and adapt to the pandemic gained money at the expense of those industries that could not adapt. The manipulation of stock values caused some investors to gain money at the expense of others. Cryptocurrencies are a substitute for money, and inflation lessens the value of money. Thus, all these events are like a game because they change who has money and how much this money is worth. Some players win, and some players lose.
Malia Radcliffe ('25)
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