The burden of financial slavery


The burden of bills, what a mess. Most are avoidable yet a handful are not. I live in a society which doesn’t mind on needless spending – an orgy of merchandise during the Mega sale throughout the year. But health care is unavoidable, we get sick, then months later, sickness returns. High cost of insurance, added with an ever increasing cost of living prevents clarity. It is not possible to live in the city and escape the cold grasp of the banks and the impossibly high cost of health care.

At times I feel I cannot escape, I feel dragged into the cesspool where I cannot reduce the health care expenditure – nothing is ever enough especially when a life hangs on the balance. As the months pass, I feel contempt for the system that robs me of my ability to remain sane. Working odd jobs and maintaining the current one merely drives one to the point of exhaustion – there’s nothing much there, you’re still caught in the rat race of redundancy.

I seek an opportunity to escape the bonds of financial slavery, it is challenging and brutal but not impossible. One day in this lifetime,I shall be free.


An avid blogger, twitterer and photojournalist, Zashnain Zainal suffers from an incurable addiction to social work, helping marginalised communities since 1989. Nowadays he travels from the plantations of Malaysia to the slums of Thailand. He can be found at and @bedlamfury

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