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Saturday, August 24, 2019

"Pets do need special food made for them. They live longer that way. We can do so much harm in feeding them just anything we feel like. And ladies do need more than one size of tampon. My girlfriend has to wear a smaller size, or it won't stay in. Now you know!"

I do understand what you are saying. Maybe I have a different perspective because I am 72. I still think we have gone overboard in providing nuances of differences in our commodities. Maybe 3 sizes of tampons, but 5? Maybe 10 kinds of pet food, but over 50 kinds?

Here in America we are extremely fortunate. Many countries cannot conceive of production of products like we enjoy. Have you traveled? Of course in most countries there are rich, middle, and poor groups of people. In some countries there is no chance of getting into the next "higher" category. Here mostly people can better themselves. I know there are still people here who are stuck with poor education, etc. I hope we tackle that huge problem.

I really got overwhelmed at Target-and also at other big stores. My family ran a "mom and pop" store in a country area. My parents worked long hours to provide for us.

I am glad I am not raising little children right now. Seeing the ads makes people want every new thing that comes along. We are bombarded . Then visit a store and it is all right in front of you. A child, especially, wants everything.

Again, I ask if you have traveled? See what is available to them. Not just in the areas of tourists but visit less affluent areas, too.

One country --just now-- eliminated polio. We have not had it for 50 years!

Ok. 'Nuff said. I will get off my soap box!

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    Aaaaand, polio is actually back in the US, thanks to people choosing not to vaccinate. I realize that comment will lose me friends, but it's 100% actual science.

    As far as so many choices, I hear you. I often feel that way when choosing certain things at the store: deodorant, soap, toilet paper, etc. Over time, I've come to think of it in a way that helps me. I offer this as perhaps a help to you when you're feeling overwhelmed. Or, just toss it out if it doesn't help, like one of the bazillion paper towel choices out there.

    Here goes: capitalism. Capitalism is what drives our economy. Without it, our economy fails. Manufacturers, producers, try to find a niche that hasn't been explored in the economy in order to: provide for their families, provide jobs, and it ends up doing their part for driving our economy. In order to find that niche, they may canvas the internet for something people appear to want, like reading reviews of a certain product to see how they could improve it and offer something different Or maybe just hearing their friends say time and again what they'd like. So I like to think of it as people trying to help people. It helps me stomach it all. emoticon
    10 hours ago
  • DEE107
    49 days ago
    funny i worked for years in same company could buy whatever i wanted, vacations etc. been out of work due to eye issues and what gives me the most comfort hanging wash on line, reading library books, my garden. we dont really need so much way to may choices and thinkgs not important or needed
    49 days ago
    It appears that your soap box is a pretty crowded place -- because we remember the days when it wasn't this way and we were just as happy, probably even more so.

    As a new retiree, I think DH is trying to fill his time by finding things to buy when he should be finding things to DO! We've downsized and we just don't need THINGS! I am still a little bit guilty of that myself but I've had a few more years to adjust and am more into the "get rid of it" mode.
    49 days ago
    @CTUPTON, Chris, I noticed the same comment in your other blog. Kudos on responding with another insightful blog! I agree 100% with you. I also grew up in 50's and 60's in a small "out in the country" town.We drank cow's milk my grandfather brought us daily from his own cows, churned our own butter from it, mom sewed/patched our clothes, etc. We always had "enough" because my Dad worked 2 jobs, and Mom raised us AND worked part time, raising us EIGHT children! We were GRATEFUL, not ENTITLED! Thanks for your wisdom, Chris! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    49 days ago
    You are right! It is all about perspective! I grew up in a small town out in the country. My mother made my clothes, baked our bread and had a garden for most of our veggies. She canned foods for the winter, froze leftovers and we scraped along quite effectively. The farm down the road sold us eggs right from the chicken and milk right from the cow. My mother used to make butter by shaking the rich milk (unpasteurized) until the fat gathered in a lump. I have a huge admiration for all things handmade. We moved around a bit; getting closer to the city with every move. Mom went to work when I was in third grade and my dad was on the road all of the time. We finally moved to the Washington, D. C. area. There was so much to see and do! The house where we lived was in an area that was considered "out in the country" at the time. Now the area is a very high density area with heavy traffic. Back then, when we went into a store in the city, it was like going into a wonderland. I still go into a store with the same sense of awe. I've been a suburbanite for about fifty five years now. There are times when the city makes me feel crowded but other times I like the conveniences and the company. I started working when I was 14 so that I could contribute to the family expenses and never stopped until I retired on a disability at age 50. That was years ago. Now hubby and I live near the city for the medical care. Oh how my perspective has changed!
    49 days ago
    I totally agree...growing up in the fifties we did not have all those choices and it made life so much easier
    49 days ago
    Definitely not the same way I grew up. I echo the sentiment's of Frosty99. My grandson is 4 1/2 and it is ridiculous the toys he has. He gets a toy every time his mother takes him into a store.

    Love your blog!
    49 days ago
    I grew up like Frosty99. My parents suffered through the great depression and my mother never threw anything away..... You never know when you might be grateful to have it.....
    50 days ago
    True toxic consumerism at its worst is so true in US. Yet they have kids in cages & tell people to drink water from toilets

    50 days ago
  • FROSTY99
    Yes, it is amazing the disparity between what we take for granted versus what is available in other countries. My grandparents would be at a total loss in our throw away society. We reused everything. We didn't purchase storage bags, you washed up the bread bag and used that. Christmas wrapping paper, didn't tear it, it was opened carefully and afterwards it was not tossed, it was smoothed out, folded and saved for the next season as were the boxes the gifts came in!
    50 days ago
    Toxic consumerism at its worst - that is America. Corporations only care about profit, not about the fact that they are running the world out of the resources needed to make these things we don't actually need. Just think how much more clean air and water we could have...
    50 days ago
    We do have so much more than others in this world, for sure. And it IS difficult raising kids in this environment. They see friends have something, see it advertised then they need it, even if it is not a necessity!

    50 days ago
    We traveled through Jamaica this summer, not the touristy parts, not the beaches, but where the people actually lived. It was eye opening and made me realize just how well of we really are.
    50 days ago
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