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Stuff/Things that really matter most in life......
March 26, 2009
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Is it me or has anyone else noticed a gradual shift in the American consciousness that to ACQUIRE material things....to somehow live up to some kind of material standard....set up by (Who?) will some how take the place of things that really matter most in life?

Mainly, love and friends and family?

You know?

(Afterall, not much capitalistic ground to be gained by that....right?)

Just seems to me that we are being innudated with commercials.

Very, very sophisticated commercials.

Comparison commercials that drive right at the heart of our own very basic instincts to feel a part of....belonged.

Everywhere you look.

Much, MUCH moreso than in years past.

An 'ideal' that taps/brain-washes us perhaps into some kind of....."entitlement material bubble of sorts?"

You think?

Maybe?

To somehow replace what our very nature as humans long for....(to connect, to feel a part of....to belong somewhere...) with some kind of material gain/positioning as a substitute?

I dunno.

Random thoughts........

March 26, 2009
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Family and health they say makes us the most happy i.e. these are the two things which play the most important role in happiness.

March 26, 2009
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Hmmm, got more to add to that.

The first time I wondered about what really matters in life is when I was in college. I saw guys who were fake morons and there were some others who were great strong characters. When you come out of a dysfunctional family, seeing a strong character is an interesting surprise and it made me wonder a lot about myself.

The first answer that I figured out near the end of college to the question "what matters?" was that religion didnt matter. My answer was that "intensity" (of living) mattered. Now I can rephrase that and see what I was talking about: its how genuine and true to ourselves we are and how strongly we live life.

March 26, 2009
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But do you see where and exactly how very sophistacted commercials as of late try to gently and gradually persuade us to think otherwise?

In a very gradual, sneaky, covert manner?

Creeping up on us where we, the viewers are never the wiser?

Just a blank slate open to any and every thing!

Probing every angle of our everday observations?

To try in a sophisticated manner to temporarily detour us, sort of speak, towards a more materialistic mind-set as an equal substitute?

....that afterall, we all want to just 'belong' - don't we now?

And XYZ product or service can deliever JUST THAT!!!!

That to 'aquire' material things/products/services is somwehow equal to that which material things could never, ever really, really match in comparison?

Not by a long shot??????

That's my real question here?????

Has anyone else 'noticed' this?????

March 26, 2009
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Commercials well, they're just selling products. If I had a peanut butter plant, I'd make an ad where I'd show how happy people are who eat my peanut butter, how easy it is for guys to pick up girls after they eat my peanut butter. lol. Its just like that.

They'll try everything to make you buy it. People have degrees in advertising and they're experts on making the ad look good.

March 26, 2009
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guest_guest,

Well, yeah - I get ya on that.

I hear ya. I feel ya.

But see, my contention is that is that this younger generation might not be quite so savvy.

Still kind of naive.

To not be able to just see right thru it, as it were.

My sense is that this current Anerican generation actually confuses the messages in commercials with reality....and will forever be disappointed.

Living in a simple, complacent bubble of entitlement and to spare no expense on trying to aquire such as a simple....'matter of fact' kind of mentality as just a natural american 'given.' way of life....with nary a sceond thought as to any other way of functioning....

You know?

THAT'S my beef!!!!!....and major concern..........

Out of touch.

Though, by contrast, with cell-phone communication and texting etc....STILL....IN THE END......major - out of touch with what is REALLY IMPORTANT in the REAL WORLD!!!!!

That's MY concern.

A shallow substituiton of what REAL communication is all about.

....and I will tell you - has not a damned thing to do with cell phones or text messanging or anything like that.

Just one-on-one....eye-to-eye....communication and contact is all!!!!!

Surely we have not drifted so part apart from that fundamental means of communication now....have we???????

Have we???????

(I surely hope to hell NOT!!!!!)

March 27, 2009
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>> But see, my contention is that is that this younger generation might not be quite so savvy.

Since they grow up in this culture where the ads are as you say, now very aggressive, they're used to it.

>> Surely we have not drifted so part apart from that fundamental means of communication now....have we???????

Its just how each generation changes and adopts to new methods. The older people will think they had it good. They'll hate technology and feel alienated from it. The younger generation will embrace all methods of communication - whatever is easier and convinient.

Young people text and stuff because its simple and easy and quick. Soo, I feel its all fine. They're all doing fine. Each new generation I believe gets better, not worse than what was behind them.

The proof of that (for me) is for example more people leaving religion, being accepting of gays, etc etc.

March 27, 2009
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Take violence for example...we have become numb to it more and more. Remember the scary movies when you were a child? Remember the Twilight Zone, and Frankenstein, and the movie 'The BLOB' that big red thing from outter space that rolled around and ate people? Those were so scary to me as a child! Show them now and we laugh at them.

You make an interesting point tBt,things have changed so much..I owrry about my grandchildren, as values are disappearing very quickly.

March 27, 2009
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New movies use special effects and things that were not available back then. That was the time people were happy enough to be watching *something* on TV. It was an honor for anyone to be TV and people were fortuante if they had a TV. Now its 130 channels or something and they're all disposable.

Sex and violence has definitely increased in movies, but so has everything else in society. More drugs, more driving, luxuries, conveniences and so on.

Good measures to look for would be: are people more happier today? Crime? Domestic violence? Women's rights? etc. Those are the things that matter.

Think there was a study somewhere on happiness now and then. The study might also show why people are more or less happy.

I seem to think every generation is generally more happy, however I'm also thinking maybe they are equally happy because imagine if you're born on a UFO, you're used to inter galactic travel and so you dont find it that special. If you're born in a mud hut, then you'd think people on UFO's must be SOO happy when really they're as happy as you.

March 27, 2009
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Tbt,

Only speaking from having a lot of the college kids here often when they have a break, along with my own five kids... I have to say they do see it and in a big way too, they are tired of all of the building, and watching so many people with the need to keep up with this or that.. and they strongly desire the good things in life, the way things were when we were growing up, when their grand parents were growing up.

Family and health seem to be very important to all the college kids I talk to, they don't want the best of the best anymore...aome of them even have said, if they knew they didn't need a college degree to get even get a job now days, they wouldn't be there... because it isn't about the money they may be able to make some day.. it is about surviving, in the economy we presently have.

A couple of them have even said if they could live in a hut, grow their own vegs, and food, raise a family they would, and they would be contently living with friends and family, but there are not such places here in the US as of yet. One of the kids showed me some stuff he pulled off the internet about moving to some working island and living in such a hut, but he said he would miss his family and friends. So I just don't think it is everyone that is pressured by the commercials, tv, or the wealthy life style many want and desire the simply life.

Great post though, I agree there is way too much advertised and geared to presude people to want more and more... but with the down fall of the economy I also feel a lot of people are rethinking their true needs, and wants... as the material world isn't as important as some think it is to gain.

Healing and Peace

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