Debts Must Always Be Paid, Or Not?

Ricardo Guaderrama Caraveo
5 min readFeb 27, 2021

I didn’t know that international associations such as the IMF (International Monetary Fund) could be gangsters as well. I always thought of them as these good willing, amazing human cooperatives.

In my hometown, Chihuahua, a state up in north Mexico, violence is widely used. First and foremost of course, by the Narcos. What could you expect? We have the biggest consumer of drugs in the entire world as a neighbor, of course, we’re going to be drug dealers, where there is a demand, there is a supply.

Anyways, I’m telling you about my city because of the violence that it posses. The violence you experience at school, the violence you experience with the police, the violent threatening that is always going on on every level. We are cowboys, and we solve our issues with punches.

Why violence though? Well, if you think about it, violence is a powerful resource, especially when you’re stupid. Have you ever been in an argument with a really stupid person? And by the end of it, his last resource (or this could be you as well, who knows, or myself, hey, no judging) is to kick your ass? I remember one friend saying literally that after losing an argument with another friend ‘I’ll kick your ass’, ha, what a well-thought response.

Violence is a powerful resource. Do this or I’ll fucking kill you (while the guy having a gun on his hand) will generally make you do anything he wants (unless you’re a spartan of course, and you’d rather die). And that is how the world generally functions on every level, not just societal.

There’s a great joke about two guys getting robbed. When getting mobbed, one of the guys figured out, that the situation shouldn’t be wasted, and so what he did was that he took out fifty dollars and paid them to his friend John as the robber pointed his gun at them. ‘Hey John, here’re the 50 dollars I owe you’. The robber was furious, so he took out 1000 dollars and gave them to John, then he forced John to lend his friend the 1000 dollars, and then, at gunpoint, he took the thousand dollars again. Leaving the smart-ass friend with a thousand dollar debt on his hands.

Who wins here? Whoever has the gun of course. Whoever has the guns, gets to make the rules you have to play by. How different is this scenario from the real world?

Ricardo Guaderrama Caraveo

Mountaineer, writer, Stoic, Gryffindor.