I’m currently trying to read a philosophy book. It is very heavy to hold in bed and very heavy for the mind. I read a page or two and then need to take a little break. I probably need to push out some child hood memories to free up some space in my brain for the theories. However one in particular struck me. I had to share.
‘Man is born free, yet everywhere he is in chains’. Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712-1778)
There is no doubt in my mind that the majority of people in the Western world are tangled up in financial chains. Sadly, we can no longer build our own home with our own hands. We lost that creative skill a long time ago. We have a society whereby we hand over the cash and someone else does it all for us but of course the debts are massive to our wallets and perhaps our emotional sanity. Before the crashing of the property markets in America and the United Kingdom I could smell the ‘but I deserve this house’ mentality sweeping across the nations. At one point my husband and I were told we could have a mortgage five times my husbands salary and I was a stay at home mother. It seemed irresponsible to us that the lenders where offering this to young people with little life experience. As we like to eat every night, we declined the offer.
It is fascinating why so many people blindly purchase property that they can barely afford. Why are we as humans only too happy to become prisoners in our own homes?
My take on it? I have some idea’s on why we continue to tangle our life with financial constraints such as huge mortgages, hire purchase cars and the like…
- Ego – never underestimate the power of the ego.
- Thoughtless and mindless consumption by the general public
- Conforming to society and what is considered ‘normal’
- We are encouraged by the media/government/business/other people – keeps the economy ticking over.
- Emotional – makes us feel worthy
As much as I have joked that we should just purchase a camper van or spend the house deposit on the holiday of a life time, I do understand the vulnerability of people and how easily we can be manipulated. I also understand how for most owning a home offers peace of mind and security.
Owning a property, it has always been a huge part of who we are as humans. After all, we are the only animals in this world we do this. But why I wonder have we allowed it to consume us? Why have we become the ‘I deserve it’ society? Why do we deserve all that our hearts desire? Comments below on what you think…