The city was beaming with malls that stood proudly amongst people rushing-in to buy the products that they wanted without any intent in most cases. That was the consumerism at its peak. The drive to buy with credit and the choice to pay-off the debt at a later date were prevalent and considered normal for the people of the city. That’s the debt we buy with credit.
An old couple reached the city to spend time with their grandchildren. Their son arrived at the right time to receive them. They reached home safe.
The family went to shopping that day evening. Suddenly, the son stopped near a shop and rushed inside to buy table cloth covers, window screen covers, bedsheets and pillow covers. The old couple remembered that these were already there at the home. They didn’t see the purpose of buying.
Out of curiosity, the old lady politely asked her son regarding the need of the new set of covers. He replied that there is a sale going on and I could get some benefits if I could consistently pay fixed amount every month by using my credit card. He continued that he could avail those benefits at the end of the year.
The old man was listening to the conversation and he realised how times have changed. He was upset that this was more like getting into a debt and paying-off the debt at a later date for things that are not actually necessary inspite of having the purchasing capacity through debit. However, in-contrast to his thoughts, the shopping malls were filled with people all around.
10 years hence, the old couple visited the city again. The son received them as did earlier. The old couple went for a walk. The malls were empty and most of them were closed. This observation let them wondering. The old couple returned back to the home and they noted that the buying habits weren’t changed.
However, this time the products reached home instead of the buyer approaching the shop. They observed that ways were changed but the habit of consumerism still remained.
The old man was a strong believer of socialism and the voice of socialism until its failure to be as the medium of prosperity for the human race. The present circumstances called for the belief that capitalism is the solution to all human grievances.
The old couple was amused by the changes that continue to happen and found people to be relatively fine with wealth and life compared to yesteryears. The two heads, which were held high to view the skyscrapers, were made to look down after a small kid grabbed their hand for alms.
The kid’s torn shirt told thousand stories but a single truth. A walk down on a nearby bridge told the couple further more such truths. The thatched roofs cried out loud about the increasing inequality among the two sections of the society.
The couple looked each other in despair but, hoped that such various experimentations of ideologies determining the way of human lives could one day lead to a better solution for all.
Right now, all they knew was that day is not very close. Till then, the disparities will exist. And, that’s the debt we buy with credit.
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