Debt of Love

Isn’t it interesting that the week before Christmas as many of us are blindly slapping down our credit cards, that Bank of Canada Governor, Mark Carney, has some stern warnings for Canadians about our ballooning consumer debt. While Carney sounds the alarm in hopes of convincing us of our dire financial state before we rack up even more debt before Christmas, one does have to wonder how we’ve gotten here? Is it really simply due to low interest rates and ease of credit? Or has something more fundamental happened to our thinking? And how is it that Christmas has become synonymous with debt?

I’m reminded of another warning made two thousand years ago to the people of Rome on the topic of responsible citizenship: ‘Pay your taxes, pay your bills…don’t run up debts, except for the huge debt of love you owe each other’.

Funny that this passage precedes one of the most famous quotes of all time… ‘love your neighbour as yourself’. Seems that the latter was the stickier message over history. Perhaps it’s time to stitch the messaging back together and realize that loving your neighbour as yourself involves paying the debt of love we owe each other, not running up debts.

5 Responses to “Debt of Love”

  1. avatar admin says:

    “Fantastic article & powerfully written.” Sandra Wear

  2. avatar rhonda page says:

    Well said Ronna! I make it a habit of never watching the evening news but my remote control broke last night and it was stuck on Buffalo news. They were showing the mall and all the panic over Christmas shopping. Guess the spending is good for the economy but seems like what started as a nice tradition has become way out of control.

  3. avatar Martina Valkovicova says:

    Dear Ronna, I really enjoyed reading your piece! I hope as many people as possible will read it and follow you advice! Happy holidays to all and lots of love.

  4. avatar Jim van Dijk says:

    Wise comments made two thousand years ago are still wise comments today…

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