A man in debt is so far a slave.
-Ralph Waldo Emerson
Debt is the slavery of the Free. Uber-fashionable show homes that have become opulent prisons of debt. Their debts swirled like particles speeding up in a physics accelerator waiting for the moment — when they catastrophically crash. Whatever your profession, realize you are in debt to your profession, not it to you; as a servant to give, a student to learn. Sub-prime loans did for finance what the Hindenburg did for air travel. The debt is like a crazy aunt we keep down in the basement. All the neighbors know she's there, but nobody wants to talk about her.