Financial Independence has turned into a cute buzzword often used in clickbait article titles, so we’ve lost the appreciation for how important it is to the continuation of our way of life.
Another one of the most underappreciated things today is our republic and the basis upon which it was founded. You can see this clearly in the way the younger – and even the older generations – have disdain for our great country.
My father came to this country to build a life. His father told him that there was no future for him in India, that he would go to the United States. Even though he had studied in the United Kingdom, my grandfather was adamant that it was not the place to be. Whether he had incredible foresight, an angel told him, or he just got lucky, it was amazing advice.
I can understand his thought process. In India, you die as you are born. The caste system prohibits any social mobility, even if you work hard, smart, and have the ability to do bigger things. If you are unlucky enough to be born as an untouchable, you will always be an untouchable. You can be rich, but even a poor Brahmin will receive more respect than you will.
Your fate is sealed.
Unless, somehow, you manage to escape and come to a place of freedom, such as the one we take for granted every day.
It’s no wonder that millions of people are willing to risk and leave everything behind to come to this country. Many risk their lives, their family’s lives, and fortunes in order to come here. Most who come will face extreme hardship, and may even continue to do demeaning jobs, but they know that as long as they are here, a better life for their children is possible. That’s what’s important. That’s why they do it.
How this relates to Financial Independence
Can India change? Can the people rise up and abolish the caste system? Can the street sweepers get better equipment and working conditions? Yes, it sure is possible. It would take a collective effort, plenty of planning, and much risk to make it happen.
You have to ask yourself though: who are the right people to lead the charge in such a change?
If your livelihood depends on whether you show up to work, whether you love or hate what you do, you’re not likely to be willing to take such a risk. It is also unlikely that you will be able to convince your coworkers to go along with your crazy idea because, well, they too have mouths to feed. Nobody wants to bite the hand that feeds them.
You may think that because they have nothing to lose they would be the perfect candidates to rise up and make the change. But they would be coming from a place of desperation, full of anger and resentment, and that never works out well. Just take a look at the French Revolution.
Now what if… what if they could walk away at any time. What if they worked not because they needed to, but because they wanted to? Imagine how the dynamic of the whole situation would change if there were enough Financially Independent people with the ability to say, “Hey, this sucks. I’m out. I’m going to get another job.”
We tend to look down on people who do menial jobs, like garbage men, restaurant workers, taxi drivers, factory workers. We think that they are not very smart, that they didn’t make much of their lives. The street sweepers in India definitely feel like they are worthy of nothing, that they don’t deserve any respect. But these menial professions are an instrumental part of society’s fragile fabric. If they all walked away from their work together to pursue other endeavors, we’d be begging them to come back, giving in to whatever demands they have. I suppose that’s the role a worker’s union is supposed to play.
It’s difficult for the mass population to realize how much power it holds when it’s living paycheck to paycheck.
It’s difficult to speak up against evil when doing so may devastate our ability to provide.
It’s difficult to stand up if your bank account is empty.
Financial Independence creates lasting change
Imagine that a bunch of the wealthiest people in India got together and decided that they would no longer stand for a caste system that oppresses people based on the situation of one’s birth. They decided that they were going to do whatever it took to bring Freedom to all the people in India.
It almost sounds too good to be true, especially in India. But that’s exactly what happened in 1776.
Our Founding Fathers came to the realization that they had to separate themselves from the oppression of tyrannical evil, that it was so important to the future of humanity that they put everything on the line to make it happen. They did not have nothing to lose, they had everything to lose – and many lost everything.
They did not have to do it. They were not scraping by, living paycheck to paycheck, worrying about their families’ future. They could have simply sat back and enjoyed their riches and successes for the rest of their lives.
I never knew this about the Founding Fathers until I came across this Paul Harvey clip:
Not only were our Founding Fathers Financially Independent, they were Financially Free. And so, they acted based on what they believed was right, not out of need or desperation to pay next month’s bills.
Because of what they did, because of their sacrifice for the greater good, because they were willing to put their lives, fortunes, and honor on the line, freedom was born.
If we are not ready to do what the Founding Fathers did in 1776 again, we will lose the republic. If we lose it, we will have to shed blood to get it back.
And if the republic falls, where will we go?
I wouldn’t bet on India.