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This Is How I Grew Up: Communism & Social Housing

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Written by Β Β 752
7 months ago

Yesterday's article, where I talk about how important it is for financial literacy to be taught, inspired me to write today's article, where I'll go over how I had none of it.

I was born in a communist family, and I spent my childhood in a social housing neighborhood.

This past sentence alone already tells you how much I got to learn about money and business growing up.

My father was a member of the communist party, and my whole family was to the left.

  • Money is the root of all evil.

  • Businessmen are corrupt and evil.

  • Successful people are inherently greedy and jealous.

These are some of the ideas I grew up exposed to...

...but my favorite comics character wasn't Spiderman, it was Uncle Scrooge.

But it wasn't his vault full of coins I admired, it was the fact that each story would commonly happen in one of his business.

I remember his frozen foods business, auto parts garage, treasure hunting ventures, and so on...

...I was different.

Here is a rundown of how I slowly turned away from the ideals I was exposed to while growing up.

Growing Up In a Social Housing Neighborhood:

"Affordable living spaces made available by the generous state..." the first home my parents ever owned.

I was born in a social housing neighborhood with tiny apartments and a very different set of neighbors.

  • My front neighbor was in jail for murder;

  • My other neighbors all had the strangest personalities... you can imagine the mix in those places;

  • I learned how to pick a lock at 6 years old;

  • I learned to never offend anyone unless I wanted to seriously get in trouble;

  • I measured my words and actions... nobody was to say that person I was talking to wasn't crazy or downright dangerous.

Having that said, I fondly remember my childhood as I had lots of adventures... running free in that neighborhood was an experience that either scarred you for life or you enjoyed it - I enjoyed it as I was lucky, and believe me it all came down to luck as I dodged a few close bullets.

Regardless of all of this, people there had no clue about money, and the ideas those people had of business... let's just say those are career paths I'm glad I didn't follow.

So, I never learned about anything related to finances and business - and that's partially why I know I want to teach my kids all about those things.

If I didn't spend most of my life in ignorance, I could be so ahead right now it isn't even funny.

Growing Up in a Communist Family: "Capital is Immoral and Wrong"

My family was made up of full-fledged members of the Communist Party, or sympathizers at the very least.

My father was an important figure during his youth, being invited to study in the USSR in order to further the party's goals here.

The family always focused on the workers, of course, and my father's friends always went on and on about all the typical:

  • Money is Evil;

  • Rich People are Evil and Cruel;

  • Successful People are Enslavers;

  • Successful People Earn From Our Misery.

...etc, etc!

I remember being a kid, waving a communist flag and singing, shouting the party's name!

At the same time, I was counting my coins at home with my calculator... and dreaming of being rich.

But I didn't know I wanted to be rich... because I wanted to have a lot of money but the idea I had of rich people was that they worked others, treated them badly, and smoked a cigar (literally my idea at the time).

But I grew up, and I joined a business school... and at the same time, a miracle happened.

My Father: My Role Model and a Very Smart Man!

I am very proud of my father, something you maybe didn't think I'd say since he represented a lot of what I consider to be evil as of now - communism, control, restraint on financial liberties, and so on.

But, my father is a GENIUS!

You see, no matter how prominent he was becoming in the party, no matter how others shouted mottos, he EVOLVED.

He started seeing behind the narrative and started seeing most of the things were immoral.

Fortunately for him, he was a very hard worker as well, so his boss raised him to partner and, just like that, my father went from communist proletariat to business owner.

We got a house of our own away from that crazy neighborhood and we stepped up on the social hierarchy, becoming MIDDLE-CLASS!

How exciting!

But, my father didn't know much about business, he didn't learn enough and he learned late.

I was in my teens when this happened, so I already was close to going to college and didn't get financially literate.

I went to study Marketing and Business Administration, and that was when I started learning economics, accounting, and the whole shebang.

My father wasn't a communist now, but he still was on the left, and now I was on the right as I was all for financial liberty and capitalism.

To this day, this is how my life is:

  • Every weekend, when we get together at dinner and politics or economics comes into play, I argue alone for capitalism.

  • My father calls me a "righty" and, despite knowing what I say is true, keeps telling me I'm wrong.

I hope I can keep on arguing with him for at least two decades more... you see, I love him dearly for everything he is and what he accomplished.

He was dealt a bad hand and manage to give me a hand that was slightly better.

He grew up a communist with nothing.

I grew up in a family of communists with nothing until my teens, then I became middle class, son to a business owner.

I hope my kids get an even better hand.

When I tell you guys I want to be a millionaire and that I'm working non-stop for it every single day, day in and day out...

...know that my true wish is to become a man my son can be proud of.

I want to be a man who can set an example and a man like my father.

Cheers!

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7 months ago

The most valuable argument for me in favour to capitalism and free market is that it's the only way for world and humanity to evolve and just do better. It's just being silly to believe in communist ideas. They never worked, never will, and whats worst- communism is keeping humanity from evolving. Plus anyway in communism the chosen connected people are actually much worse and much richer and have totalitarian power, more than any capitalist can ever have. You can stop using facebook any moment. You can't stop buying things from shop in communism, cause there is nothing else elsewhere.

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7 months ago

Nice

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7 months ago

I believe you will become the way you want to see yourself and your father and your son will be very proud of you. That was an interesting thing I've read today.

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7 months ago

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7 months ago

thank you for sharing😊

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7 months ago

For your son, you will be such an inspiration and definitely, someone to look up to when he become like you in the future. Thank for sharing this article. This reminds me about my father too, doing the best he can to provide our daily needs though its hard especially because we are just living in a simple life, but still Thankful and Blessed for the happiness he provided us.❀️

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7 months ago

Okay so you now want to get one million dollars and instead of being poor you would rather be rich, and you no longer believe what communists used to say. And now you believe in capitalism good and good. Now you will discover that government on both communist and capitalism always want to ruin people by printing too much money.

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7 months ago

With all your experiences, I know for sure you will be the man that your son will look up to and he will be proud of how amazing his father is.

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7 months ago

This is very inspiring and interesting article.I have learned a lot in reading about it.I want to read some more about your works.

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7 months ago

This is really inspiring.i also grow up or let me say I'm currently growing up in a community that believe being rich is evil, they even back it up with Bible verses "The love of money is the root of all evil..." people despise the rich but pretend when they are around so as to receive a little from them.

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7 months ago

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7 months ago

I know you will be that man you wish for in the future. Or whatever you will be in the future I know your kids will be proud of you, you are such a hard working man, from that single truth they will be proud of. I can tell that your childhood is not so different of mine but you have way unique thinking and experiences that I believe made you of who you are now. We have same thinking about the facts of money that makes a person, thus I never dream of business way back but now that I experience and met my business minded bf I am slowly learning and dreaming to have one soon.

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7 months ago

Most of the people consider their father as a super hero, your father surely a smart guy and you can follow his footsteps to be like him or be better than him, good luck!

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7 months ago

Great article . I just got back on this platform and wow, this refreshing ! I wish I could make this mandatory reading for my fellow citizens here in the United States who think it is a good idea to let our country fall to the Communist / Socialist style of government .

They are using the cover of being " progressive democrats " fighting for equality to totally destroy our values , and our work ethic .

The introduction to your article is also something I feel very strongly about . Financial literacy , and knowing how our bodies work in unison with the natural universe are two of the most important skills that we are never taught .... I wonder why ?

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7 months ago

I am mindblown. Thank you for sharing this wonderful experience of yours. It was, indeed an unforgettable thing that made you who you are today. It made me realize some things and gave me a new perspective on life.

I hope you'll fulfill your goal in no time. Your son is so lucky to have you.

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7 months ago

Thanks for sharing your childhood days. It's really great that you come out of it a good man.

Cheers to your being a millionaire someday that is being done in a rightful way. Your son is lucky to have you as their dad. πŸ‘

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7 months ago

Putting aside all the difficult situations that you have been able to live, it is simply beautiful. I didn't have a childhood like that, but I live with those same problems every day.

The other day I saw a quote I don't remember where and I loved it. "Stop trying to give your child what you never had and start teaching him what you never knew"

As a father, I would also like to form in my son a correct and progressive economic culture, which will benefit him in his future.

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7 months ago

From your article every day i learn so many things..i am so happy to know your childhood

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7 months ago

Communism sucks, I tell you that I live in Venezuela. They are ideas that do not lead to anything good.

You are a role model, and I know that you will achieve success, I hope that when you are a millionaire, you will invite me to your mansion to spend a weekend and talk.

I will recommend this article on noise.

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7 months ago

I lived in Housing society too.But I am not communist.Anyway,I like spiderman lol but I respect your uncle scrooge.You are lucky to have such mother and father.That are blessing and a such a great learning you got can be seen from your words here.Applause and appreciation for you dear.

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7 months ago

Thanks for sharing a good article. While reading this, i get jealous. Hoping i also have a childhood like that, and having a father "good example". Anyway kudos this article.

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7 months ago

$200 really catch my attention.πŸ˜… how to earn like that 😊😍

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7 months ago

This is really inspiring.i also grow up or let me say I'm currently growing up in a community that believe being rich is evil, they even back it up with Bible verses "The love of money is the root of all evil..." people despise the rich but pretend when they are around so as to receive a little from them. So I asked myself "why not aim to be rich and give rather than ask from the rich always". Currently I'm in the institution Studying Quantity surveying (Cost estimator) and I must say this has been an eye opener, I now think of business ventures to dive into to make profit. I no longer detest the rich, rather I want to be. And ofcourse I want to be a man, my children will be proud of too.

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7 months ago

It's nice to read about your childhood and the thing you learned.

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7 months ago

Nice story.. At least you grew up into a nice man despite having those kinds of neighbors.. And kudos to your dad for being a good example and a father to you.

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7 months ago

It's good to read about your personal life. I enjoy reading about economics, too, but it really is good to learn a little about the man behind the myth!

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