Previously I have stated Debt Reduction is Like Teenage sex, lots of talk but no one dares tell you how to do it right, but I think I want to be clearer about debt:
Debt is like teenage sex: everybody talks about how it is so much better now that we talk about it and such, but is it really?BCM 2011
Now remember I am the father of 3 daughters, so let’s not go down the garden path about teenage sex, and maybe concentrate on the Debt portion of that statement.
Experts keep talking about debt reduction, smart debt or worse still good debt, when in fact debt is just bad (yes as a father of teenagers, I am saying teenage sex is bad, form a queue on the left if you want to dispute this notion, but let’s stay on topic here).
The people that are rationalizing that Debt is a good thing are banks, pay day loan companies and credit card companies (i.e. the lenders), which makes sense, but why is it assumed that Debt is OK (like teenage sex in our parents generation neither was condoned)?
The arguments that come up a lot of times about Debt are the same ones the teenagers use about teenage sex: everybody else is doing it!. Truly that is the rationalization for Debt is like teenage sex (i.e. the mob rules).
When did that become a valid excuse?!? Really WTF, we all seem to follow mob mentality a little too easily these days, just ask the law abiding citizens of Vancouver about that one. Let me give you the answer your parents would have given you, “If Johnny jumped off a bridge, would you follow him?”, which is a valid response to the “everybody is doing it”.
Yes my argument is a bit old school, but do you disagree, is debt not like teenage sex? Do you have an even better explanation of this analogy, I am willing to listen to those as well. Some say debt is like fat ?