A Life Without Debt: A Different Kind of Judgement

I’m a huge Star Wars nerd and many of my favorite quotes come from the Jedi Master, Yoda. My personal favorite is the following:

“Size matters not. Look at me. Judge me by my size, do you? Hmm? Hmm. And well you should not.”

When I think about my debt free life, I often change that quote to read: “Spending matters not. Look at me. Judge me by my spending, do you? Hmm? Hmm. And well you should not.” While I’m not a huge fan of judging people in any form, I am not naive enough to believe that we don’t judge each other. The usual yardstick that we use to judge someone is their spending. We look at their cars, their clothes, their Rolexes, their homes an


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8 Responses to A Life Without Debt: A Different Kind of Judgement

  1. I like your philosophy. By choosing to avoid debt, no matter the application, you are working to create a simpler and more stress free future, one with more freedom and less obligation, one filled with more opportunities to experience and give. Thank you for sharing this, keep it up.

  2. Broken Arrow says:

    You know, I’m never going to understand why anyone would judge another person’s possible level of financial wealth solely on their spending habits. To me, that only tells me how much they no longer have.

    People do the darnest things sometimes.

  3. Michelle says:

    Any time a person can incorporate some of Yoda’s homespun wisdom into a post, it’s a winner to me. :) Very, very cool.

  4. ceejay74 says:

    It’s all true, but I also think the wheel is turning right now. People are starting to brag about their frugality, and if we’re not careful, are going to start judging people negatively who do spend on conspicuous items.

    I know I tend to do it a bit, privately wondering whether people can really afford what they’re buying or if they’re just being totally stupid and irresponsible. But I try not to do that, because until I know someone’s story, for all I know they saved up really diligently for a special luxury for themselves.

  5. Gail says:

    I don’t even wear a watch any more but have heard for years how a Rolex is THE watch to show your wealth. Somewhere along the line I picked up a Watch magazine for about a dime (that I later sold for $10) and was amazed while looking through it that Rolex is the the ‘Timex’ of the high grade watch world. There are watches out there whose cost puts Rolex at the level only a ‘very poor’ rich person would be buying it. Some watches go for quarter of a million or more. Amazing! Just a little nugget if you ever bump in to someone boasting about their Rolex!!!

    Anyhow very good words. Talked to my hubby last night about what we would want/need if finances became very plentiful and my wants would be as much money as I want for groceries (pretty much spend that now), as much as I want for books and magazines (I’d like a couple Australian subscriptions that are $100 or more a year due to shipping costs), and any sewing gadget/item that I want, maybe a couple hundred or more a year. If I got really wealthy, someone to come in to dust/clean and a gardener to take care of the yard and keep lots of flowers growing for me to look at. His large wants were maybe a bit bigger than mine, but what it tells me is even though we don’t have lots by the world’s standards, we are very content and basically have what we need and want. How much more does one need out of life than to be content?

  6. Nancy says:

    I absolutely agree with you. Bravo!
    You certainly know how to live.

  7. Tim says:

    I agree with what Sadie has to say. Once you become debt free you change as a person and become more light hearted and easy going.

  8. Andrew says:

    People that judge others by their spending habits probably aren’t worth knowing. How someone could justify spending $10k on a watch worries me unless they are filthy rich. I’d suggest a lot of rolex buyers have self worth issues.

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