Greed is a disease

“You wonder why fund managers can’t beat the S&P 500? Because they’re sheep, and sheep get slaughtered. I’ve been in this business since ‘69. These Harvard types don’t add up to dogshit. Give me guys that are poor, smart, and hungry, and no feelings. You lose a few, but you keep fighting, and if you need a friend, get a dog. It’s trench warfare out there, pal.”
— Gordon Gekko

Wall Street is a metonym for everything to do with finance. The name of an unassuming back alley draws overambitious people from around the world. The allure of money and power, and the depths of sleaze they offer has attracted misguided individuals for as long as memory serves.

Bud Fox, played by Charlie Sheen, is the individual in question. He does everything he can to get close to Gordon Gekko, played superbly by Michael Douglas, to advance his career. As many experienced people will testify, seeking is not the same as having.

I have seen this particular story play out with so many people. I wouldn’t call them friends as I do not befriend such people, but I knew them well enough to see similar cycles of abuse and regret. It is such a pity we do not try and channel this untamed ambition into something beautiful.