A sister sent the above to me and kind of set to me thinking. Thinking about the truth of
it and how so many feel as though they have no choice.
Everything is so interconnected to money and debt it’s understandable if they feel that
way, but there’s a coercive element to spending and debt that could be called the power
of advertising and peer pressure.
I seriously doubt the vast majority of people really need the latest fads or tech innovations which seem to appear cyclic in nature – offer an “innovation” in the market place while the next “innovation” is waiting in the wings, flood the market for about a year or eighteen months and then offer the other- and people will actually stand in line or camp out to insure they can get it.
It’s almost a law that if people earn more they spend more, increase the size of their debt and the amount of stress thinking of it as rewarding themselves, but is that really what it is, or are they actually penalizing themselves as debt and stress increase?
If that’s the American Dream I think it’s more of a nightmare.
Success shouldn’t be measured in how much a person has, but whether they have a peace about their finances and some measure of comfort. They should think about that in terms of indebtness – the more you have as debt the more you have to lose, and unless you own something outright you really don’t own it – even then it can be a crap shoot.
Just about everybody wants to take what you have – the tax man if you fall behind – attorneys if you get sued, the bill collector – and your everyday thief.
Too many are living paycheck to paycheck whether they realize it or are willing to admit it. Get sick, lose your job, and you’re in it up to your neck.
The strength and welfare of a society has always been reflected by the middle class, how they are doing and how large a demographic it is.
A demographic which when in decline such as it is now will impact everyone, as wealth never migrates down but always up.
A strong middle class affords the opportunity for others to rise, an elitist upper class does nothing but amass more wealth and either dictates or disproportionately influences government.
Maybe what we need to do is forget the American dream and dream our own dreams, realistic obtainable dreams and then make the right choices to bring them into being.
Maybe what we need to do is learn to be kind to ourselves.