Saving Is Surviving And Prospering

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What does it mean that so many people are falling into bankruptcy due to their mortgages and loans? Simply put, they owe far more than what they have and that's anti natural.

Setting aside any probable ethical consideration bout colonisation and the Indians, none of the settlers that crossed from Europe to the American continent from Alaska to Tierra del Fuego, reached the shores of the New World with debts on their backs. They arrived with nothing, they had no credit records, no loans, mortgages or any chance to get money other than working hard. So they found a place to stay, worked and then purchased land and built their own homes. That was the way to progress and advancement, until a few years ago.

Today most people cannot even progress in their own lands; they cannot achieve what their migrating forefathers did, even in their own countries of origin. And even so, those people of old times started with nothing and while they had to work to get something, they didn't have to pay debts for loans and mortgages for the rest of their lives; this is what happens around the planet and especially, in the self-proclaimed developed world.

Along with this culture of eternal debt, saving has become passť. Most people save nothing, not even for their holidays; for those contingencies they just pull out their credit cards and sink deeper in debt. Nobody seems to think that any sort of lifestyle, if it is intended to be stable and solid, requires capital, and that means savings. Money doesn't make happiness, but you can't be free without it either.

The global financial crisis is showing us what things really look like behind the veil and fantasy of consumerism. Most people have less that they thought so far that they have because when things are added up and debts are substracted, what remains is less than guessed by most. Instead, if people had true, solid savings, tangible things that they could trade now, they could endure better the present economic crisis and insure the survivability of their capitals. Saving money is the best insurance policy against the unexpected. However, reality is leaving people naked, in debt, with their credit limits outstretched and with no jobs in many cases

That is why it is necessary to go back to the culture of true savings. The pink pig on the table wasn't such a bad idea after all because it is more durable and probably safer now than a bank account. And the way to start again with that culture is to form the habit of saving money by separating even a tiny amount every month. To start things amounts are not as important as consistency. It is something so simple that requires no further description yet, it is such an empowering change in anybody's lifestyle that deserves no neglect and no delay. The other option, working hard until retiring to pay all sorts of loans and credits, is just a miserable form of surviving with no freedom at all.



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