As a fan of the HBO series Silicon Valley and seeing that a new season is soon to be released I recently found an interesting snippet, in a quite unusual source, that for me gave a whole new interpretation on the series as money being the shattering of social unity.

…in the Germanic world, we find what is perhaps the best and most enlightening example of myths about music: the town invaded by rats, the attempts by the town officials to find a way to destroy them, the deal made with the piper, the drowning of the rats entranced by the music, the refusal of the officials to honor their agreement, and the piper’s vengeance om the similarly entranced children—all of this makes the Pied Piper of Hamelin a cardinal myth. (…) Money appears here as the sower of death, shattering the social unity that had been restored [through the Pied Piper].

Jacques Attali, Noise: The Political Economy of Music, 1977. Page 29.