Rants of a Modern Day Hippie

Posted: April 19, 2010 in modern-day Hippie, random
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Forget about the things you want…
Be thankful for what all you’ve got.
~Dan Auerbach

Recently, I’ve started taking Men’s One a Day vitamins. Not because I am indifferent to the lack of extra vitamin D for breast health, but because Peter refuses to take vitamins that his loving wife buys for his gout… and because I wonder how much of the 15 other One a Day series is actually just a marketing ploy. Have you ever thought about how many choices we have in any particular grocery store aisle? It disturbs me. We have ENTIRE aisles of vitamins, breads, tampons, and frozen dinners. And each brand is vying for our product lust via multi-million dollar ad campaigns and product placement… or in the case of vitamins, an onslaught of choices for every demographic (so as not to miss ANYONE.) Breast health, Men’s Active, Women’s Menopause, Kids, Kids Gummy. And don’t even get me started on the hydrogenated nightmare that is the new mainstay of our kitchen cabinets.

How much of our consumerism is mandatory? I am troubled that people think less about necessity and more about desire… and that big business is the one profiting from the brainwashing of America. I guess this has always been so in accordance to status. The more wealth you have the more lavish and desirable your lifestyle. When is it enough? Is the new American dream to have a speedboat, a mansion, a luxury vehicle, and a business conglomerate? What is going to happen to the simple joys of Middle-America? The freedom of not being controlled by the buck?

I stumbled upon this quote, and it pretty much sums up what I think is wrong with people who oppose my opinion:

Greed: A word commonly used by liberal, low achievers, anti-capitalists and society’s losers, to denigrate, shame and discredit those who have acquired superior job skills and decision-making capabilities… ~Neal Boortz

Am I lazy and irresponsible because I do not wish to feed the insatiable beast of big business? REALLY? What a terrible way to look at the world… that everyone less fortunate than you (less money hungry) must not be trying hard enough.


  1. marcys says:

    Oh, that quote is just more capitalist propaganda! You are so right: the American supermarket has become a living nightmare, esp. to anyone with any kind of brain-ish challenge. Who needs all this crap? In the end, too much choice becomes no choice at all. I have been known to run from the supermarket, abandoning a half-full basket, screaming internally.

  2. Lonestar says:

    I agree whole heartedly! Keeping up with the Jonses is for the birds! Who are the Jonses anyway?! Some pompus butt heads who think they’re better because they have more! Well where’s your soul I tell them, cause somewhere down the line it was traded in for warming plush leather seats, a 50″ LCD, corner office, and Bluetooth cababilities! Capatilism at it’s finest! Just give me a solid retirement, and find me at 60 on the beach somewhere with enough money for a shack, rikity boat, and a margarita machine. : )

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