I have devoured many of my childhood familiar with Disney’s classic films after I bought Disney + streaming services in the experiment. So far, I’ve had time to look at, among other things, a Cinderella story, Atlantis – the lost city of the film, as well as both Nicolas Cage’s National Treasure movies starring.
During twilight movie nights, I woke up to the fact that several of the movies are repeating the same pattern: the bad guys, the nasty stepmothers, and the reputable savages are thirsting for treasure, gold, wealth, and money. The so-called goodies, on the other hand, prefer to travel in perforated clothing in pursuit of anything other than financial capital.
Robin Hood, which I admired as a child, stole gold coins from the rich and distributed them to the poor. To himself, he missed nothing more.
Investing is not a particularly accepted means of prosperity
The Financial Peace Survey conducted by Danske Bank shows that the most accepted ways for Finns to prosper are through regular savings, strict spending discipline, and a job achieved through hard work and a good salary.
According to the study, different investment methods are significantly less accepted means of enrichment – only less than a tenth of respondents have promoted them to the top three among the most accepted means of enrichment.
I find that the more acceptable means of prosperity are combined solely by diligence and orderliness, that is, the modesty inherent in the mental landscape.
The pursuit of wealth and greed are not the same thing
According to Roman Catholic theology, greed is one of the seven sins of death. Through stories and ancient dogmas, we have learned to see the pursuit of money — especially easy money — as agreed.
Investing is an easy way to get rich. So easy that it offers a very standard of living to those striving from very ordinary starting points, as long as it minimizes costs, is long-term, saves, and invests. (Disclaimer: I believe in relying on historical return potential, but I or no one else has a crystal ball. There is always a risk involved in investing.)
Has the dichotomy of stories between low-income good and evil-seeking evils influenced our perceptions of economic prosperity and the reasons for its pursuit? Why do riches and greed go hand in hand in fairy tales so often?
Does investing symbolize some people’s lust for money, perhaps even ruthlessness, because investing money themselves will ultimately do most of the work?
The stories I grew up within my childhood led some of me to believe that conscious pursuit of wealth and greed had some connection. And that if you get rich, however, it should happen almost by accident, even then with a lottery win.
Of course, the pursuit of wealth and greed are not the same thing. The pursuit of prosperity can be a hobby anywhere else, and wealth doesn’t necessarily mean Scrooge McDuck’s inherent profanity. I know this, but still, sometimes I find out that I am not completely free of stereotyped chains of thought. No, even though I try to expose myself to modern money speech all the time.
But growing up with Disney stories has also led to a lot of good.
Liisa in Wonderland encouraged bottomless curiosity. Cob said that it is worth going outside your comfort zone. Cinderella called for patience and Lion King Timon and Pumba reminded us not to worry too much.
I could almost argue that my investment strategy is based on the lessons of Disney movies.