The Age Of Mass Consumption
Was it always like this? Did people always worry about money and debt and being able to pay their bills?
Or is this a relatively new phenomenon?
How did your grandparents live? Mow I am not suggesting that life was easy. My grandmother scoffs when she hears the phrase “the good old days”. It was hard. There were 9 kids, my grandfather was a fisherman. But I cannot help but wonder if things were not just better. More simple. This was rural Nova Scotia. They had chickens, pigs, a couple of cows and so on. Clothes were passed down. People helped each other more.
Or is this my romanticized view of the way things my have been. It was simplicity by necessity not so much voluntary simplicity. They lived this way because they knew they had to.
So where did we go wrong as a society in regards to spending more than we earn and not saving for a rainy day?
Why do want more stuff that we do not need?
I have said this so many times but I am shocked by how much money some people make at their jobs and yet they do not have enough money to pay their bills.
We are conditioned I guess to want stuff and to buy useless crap. We are led to believe that stuff will somehow make us happy. Not thing could be further from the truth.
Are we not enough? Just us as the people we are? I would argue that we are enough. Look around your place at all the items you may have purchased believing they would make you happy. These items that would fulfill some promise.
What will it take for us to realize that we have enough? When will we get it to just be thankful for all that we already have?
Right now I am sitting out the side yard at my girlfriend’s place as I type this. The sun is shining and it is a perfect day. I need nothing. I want for nothing.
There are some people who cannot wait to get to the store and spend money today. They live for it. It is the new national past time.
Where did it all go wrong?
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Have an awesome day.