Better A Financial Crisis Than A War Crisis

There is not much that is good on mainstream media about the economy but it is important to remember a few truths about what is important in life.

The crumbling economy has affected a few of us severely, most of us moderately and some of us not at all. In any case, you will all agree that a financial crisis is a much more lighter challenge than war. Some will suggest that a poor economy will lead to war but I don’t agree and I will leave that for you to ponder.

Imagine foreign soldiers under sovereign orders roaming your neighbourhood or war planes flying over the skies and dropping bombs at night. Imagine your family member or worse, your child, taken away from you at gunpoint with you standing there helpless. These gut wrenching scenarios were common only 65 years ago, simply ask your grandparents, and still exists in pockets around the world today.

So ask yourself this, “Is losing your home or being in debt because of a poor investment decision really that bad?”. Most of the world is still functioning, in the short time it has, as a civilized place that provides you with the gift to live in peace and the opportunity to indulge in materialistic goods.

Much better is a financial problem than a health or relationship problem. You can lose all your belongings and be in debt today and still become a millionaire tomorrow. If you lose your health or a loved one, there is little within your power. So think about it, set your priorities right and enjoy life by narrating the story book we call life.

This post was guest blogged by Alex.


26 thoughts on “Better A Financial Crisis Than A War Crisis”

  1. issa says:

    hmm, Alex has a point. coming from a conflict-ravaged region of my country, it’s very hard living each day when there’s a threat of dying from bullets or bombs the moment u leave your home. so if I were to choose, I’d pick financial crisis over war anytime.. nice post Alex! =)

  2. Splendid Kid says:

    Whoever Alex is, I salute him..

    But here in the Philippines, we are experiencing both. Financial crisis all over the country, and war in the southern part. Plus, so much evil in the government.

    1. fas says:

      Don’t worry even the other Governments are not less evil.

      1. Thing is guys, world war 2 started because of the economy collapsing. If the crises gets much worse, war is more likely then not.

        The 2 go hand in hand im afraid!

  3. Robert says:

    Hats off to you. Well said. We suffered in our GEO site(s) investments. Starting last summer full steam and full of promise until disaster. RealEstate venture funding evaporated immediately after global.tv expo.

    In the U.S. we are very spoiled and simply can not comprehend everyday life in war zones.

  4. Melody says:

    So what do you say to the people who experience financial crisis, war, and health problems?

    It’s just so much easier said behind a 20 inch monitor screen….

    Seems like a lot of bloggers act like “Invincible Man!” The struggles of the bulk of the poor, incapable of becoming a millionaire tomorrow are seemingly “no big deal” to people who’ve already achieved some form of success.

    1. I have to agree with you.
      My pride is that I, and all of my family members are healthy. We never had more money than we needed, but thanks to the fact we’ve always been together, we always had enough.

      I was born in 1991. and at the time there was a war in my country. In 1999. when I was only 8, there was bombing.

      So you can say I was born in a war, raised in a war, all my life I’ve been experiencing economy crisis. But all that time I am healthy, I’ve set my mind to think about pretty things in life. As long as my beloved people are fine, I’m fine too.

    2. John Chow says:

      Melody, I think you’ve missed the point of this post.

      1. Melody says:

        No, I understand this post, it just seems redundant.

        It is easy to say to people who have had significant loss recently that “Oh well it’s better than a war outside your door.”

        But it’s kind of like, how dare we belittle someone else’s pain or suffering just because what we may consider worse is happening to people in some other part of the world.
        For a person who is experiencing “losing their world” they may not honestly care about what’s going on somewhere else because at the end of the day–they still have to support their family.

        Plenty of people in America have to deal with war, street war, which can be just as stifling..

        In Philadelphia, 3 people got shot within 1 month just steps away from my front door. I haven’t even lived here long but you think on my priority list is caring about what’s going on in Rwanda?

        This is not me preaching on a soapbox but I guess my opinion is just shaped differently. The “just be grateful for what you have” concept doesn’t work for everyone–I’m just getting at the idea that perhaps there’s another way we can inspire change..

        1. Michael Zhao says:

          Someone hit an emotion cord…

          Michael Zhao’s last blog post: End of Second Week.

    3. Alex says:

      Success is relative. I am sure you’ve been successful on your own terms in life.

      Someone who has achieved monetary success may also be burdened by a bigger house, bigger mortgage and bigger car payments.

      At the risk of sounding too philosophical, I believe the people who are truly in poverty, with health problems in a war zone without family are those who deserve help the most and not AIG.

  5. jp says:

    Yep, I think there is always something to be optimisitc about, even if it doesn’t always seem so.

  6. This is a good post that reminds us to count our blessings each day. I think your health and family love is more important than anything else including the millions that you may have.

    Peter Lee

  7. I must admit, life is worth saving that money. But regarding to that financial crisis, i can help you to succeed.

  8. Joseph says:

    Wow John, Alex must be a good friend for you to post such an article. I only wish we could choose one problem at a time and live in a little utopian world. BTW, when people have financial problems they usually spill over in to a person’s personal life. And I did talk to my grandparent a couple of days ago, and my grandfather told me how he help the Allied forces free million of people in Europe from the socialist and fascist leaders during WWII. They never mentioned seeing foreign soldiers on our soil. They also told me how bad the Great Depression was and it started with a financial crisis. In fact they said everyone sold scrap iron to Germany during the depression, and guess what they used that for. Guns, artillery, tanks, sub-marines, ect.

  9. Michael says:

    Hi John, I completely agree. Yes, I know the situation is plenty, but I don’t need to hear the same gloom and doom mantra. Some perspective is definitely needed. No one is going to be blown up because the financial system has melted down. Remember what they said after 9-11? Be aware, use caution, BUT go about your life. That is good advice, I think. Thank you for helping us keep this in perspective! M

  10. Michael Zhao says:

    True…true…But what would be worst than a war crisis?…a planet crisis!…A meteor about the size of the state of Texas is about the smash onto the planet’s surface in exacly 365 days from now! What to do…what to do!?!?!

  11. Tran Harry says:

    Alex, these were very well spoken words.

    It is definitely much better to be in the circumstances we are in today rather than say WW2 or WW1 with soldiers everywhere and being drafted away or having your oldest son drafted into fighting war. We may be poorer as a country, but we still have the elegance and privilege of freedom. And I believe freedom is the most important thing in life. With freedom you can be with family, rebuild your wealth, or do whatever you ethically and morally please to do.

  12. Pahn says:

    I really believe that,, war are justa waste of resources,, people facilitating them are soo stupid…

    1. Michael Zhao says:

      Yes, but we are human…living creatures…it is in our nature to want more and more…

      Michael Zhao’s last blog post: End of Second Week.

  13. You’re right on point, Alex. I think some people tend to take certain things for granted. There are times where it was much worse & even right now, there are others that have it much worse.

  14. I don’t quite understand why you compare war with financial crisis at the first place. Both are awful, but what can be more awful than war?Isn’t it obvious?

  15. Wars start during financial crisis. How often do you see a fight break out when everyone is making money?

    Also, a financial crisis breeds crime. Crime is just like a war when there are more armed robberies and violent crime. Look at the stats, its all on the rise all over the nation.

    I’m sorry to say this, but your comparisons and logic don’t seem to connect. Your telling people not to worry because getting your house bombed during a war is worse than having a bank come and take it over. At the end of it, both are traumatic, both are rendering you homeless.

    As a medical professional, I can tell you that more psych problems, more health problems are witnessed in hospitals during these financial crisis. Have you ever seen a person a suicide watch for losing their money on the markets? Have you ever seen domestic violence patients in the ER because their spouse lost money on the markets or are facing foreclosure? I have seen both and also increased admits on chest pains. Finally, long term stress is attributed to cancer. Tell me how all those are not devastating to a person and their family.

    I can go on forever with my rebuttal…

  16. Steve says:

    Whatever people may think of your article, John, you certainly managed to create quite a buzz around this topic. I do appreciate those who have pointed out the complexity of the issues we deal with. I just hope that those of us who ‘have’ are motivated to make a difference by donating and becoming involved in taking action to get behind causes that help fight some of the poverty and injustice issues around the world. It may not seem like much, but every action you and I take is one more counterattack to apathy and indifference.

  17. Tushar says:

    Yep, I think there is always something to be optimisitc about.good.

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