Over the weekend, I read about the semi-famous Steven Baldwin’s financial woes. Steven became a born-again Christian not long ago and refused movie roles with too much sex or violence. Good for him – bad for his creditors.
Steven hasn’t been working much. As a result of that, he’s in bankruptcy.
A good Samaritan surfaced and created a web page where people can donate to Steve to try to bail him out.
I don’t know if Steven asked for this help but I do know he isn’t refusing the money.
Is that wrong?
Is it wrong for any of us to even consider bankruptcy when the end goal is to pay debts pennies on the dollar – if at all?
We created out debts. Nobody put a gun to our heads. Shouldn’t we pay up?
Is it wrong for somebody to ask for a “do over” (effectively sticking it to the people who took us at our word when we borrowed the money)?
I’ve even heard commercials that offer “help” to people who need to modify their car loans.
Have we gone that far?
When I was a kid I was broke and just about homeless. I didn’t borrow any money. I didn’t run up huge credit card bills. I survived. I worked hard, was lucky and got it together.
Does that give me the right to judge others?
Jason has worked really hard and he’s paid off his credit card debts. That’s outstanding. Many other PF bloggers are trying their damnedest to that too. Does it give us the right to tell someone else they must follow in our footsteps?
Or do we have to walk a mile in someone’s shoes before we judge?
What about the ads and posts we write to help people take advantage of debt relief programs? Are we wrong for displaying those ads or writing those posts?
I’ll admit that I even wrote a few posts like this myself. One article talked about how to declare bankruptcy and keep your home. Another talked about declaring bankruptcy and wiping out the home equity line of credit debt.
Is it wrong for me and other bloggers to write such pieces?
I really don’t know the answer to these questions.
What do you think?