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Feb 13, 2019 17:04:10

Credit Card Free Society

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Keni

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"In America, you use credit card, but in most places in the world, you turn to family and friends during hard times."

It was an interesting comment from a friend.
It wasn't just about access to money but access to people you trust - particularly during times of happiness and need.

Back home, Ethiopia, people have access to almost an entire village. But here in US, reaching out to people for something you could easily take care of by credit card is not commonly done.

The issue starts when this level of self-reliance and independence creates a detachment away from people. When a majority of the 24 hours is mostly transaction. When it leads to loneliness.

I heard a report today that stated
"Loneliness affects a person's health as much as cigarette smoking does." 


That was disturbing to hear.

Many people have successfully avoided cigarettes. But how many of us are actively working on reducing loneliness? 

This is a particularly serious problem for the elderly. Even more so for immigrant elderly. Those that came from community based cultures. It is a sudden and difficult change.

What is the antidote to this problem?
Credit Card Free Society isn't an option.

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    @keni very moving piece. Very big problems you're addressing.

    One of my favorite people, a gold miner I met in 7th grade, who lived alone in his mountain cabin 7 miles in from the road, said this when I asked him if he got lonely. "Why should I get lonely?"

    He was a man of great intellect, and never wavered in his curiosity about the world. He was not a hermit, although for years, he stayed in his cabin through the winters, without seeing anyone.

    From that conversation, I learned that I could make feeling lonely a choice. And I've succeeded in choosing to not be lonely, even though many years and days of my life I'm alone. I am very grateful for that lesson I learned from him.

    Julie Browne avatar Julie Browne | Feb 13, 2019 23:30:34
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      @juliebrowne - Thank you for reading and your comments. I think everyone's ability to deal with loneliness is heavily impacted by their personality, childhood, culture and similar factors. I agree that it is a learnt skill to be able to minimize and be content with being alone. But I think evolution is very strong and most humans need other humans.

      Keni avatar Keni | Feb 14, 2019 10:41:23
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    @keni I agree that loneliness is a huge problem. As someone from an Asian family, I realize the importance of having close family network and all the benefits they provide for everyone. My family wouldn't even dare say the words "nursing home."

    Victoria Maung avatar Victoria Maung | Feb 14, 2019 01:03:11
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      @vickenstein - Oh I know exactly what you mean. A lot of our cultures have similar background and community.
      Thank you for your comments.

      Keni avatar Keni | Feb 14, 2019 10:42:31
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