The Chapter Guides for Chapter 34, Embrace Poverty of Spirit, have suggested as an additional item for reflection the film Wall Street and given some questions for reflection:
The epitome of film villains, Gordon Gekko, proclaims “Greed is good” with the following films presenting ample conversation topics, including the famous speech which you can listen to here. Wall Street R 126 minutes (1987)
A young and impatient stockbroker is willing to do anything to get to the top, including trading on illegal inside information taken through a ruthless and greedy corporate raider who takes the youth under his wing.
Questions for Wall Street (Lights Camera…Faith! A Movie Lover’s Guide to Scripture Cycle C by Peter Malone MSC with Rose Patchett FSP p. 328)
1. Carol Fox tells Bud, “Stop going for the easy buck and start producing something with your life. Create, instead of living off the buying and selling of others.” Discuss some recent incidents and financial scandals that make the movie Wall Street look like a precursor to many other morality tales to come. Why is it so hard for us that “greed, for the want of a better word, is not good?
2. How do the names and the characteristics of a “gecko” and a “fox” add to the meaning of the story?” (For example, a gecko or “gekko” is a lizard and some species have unpleasant temperaments and a severe bite; they like the darkness. A fox is a member of the dog family; it is small and solitary and runs fast.)