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A Present for Every Event?

Mar 28, 2007

My kids are swapped into many gifts.  They get gifts for everything.  Our house is literally flooded and gets.  We throw stuff out we recycle stuff we donated to charity we even have a garage sale every year and were still completely overwhelmed.  The problem is that people get gifts for far too many things these days.

Instead of just showing up and been somewhere peoples and gets.  Even when they do show up they bring guests.  When people come to visit you take our kids shopping and they buy gifts.  When we go to visit someone they buy gifts.  There have been times when we've almost been broke and we still get gifts.  It's really ridiculous.

If my family was still Catholic we probably be giving gifts for our children's  first communion gifts, I'm surprised that we don't get gifts for the gifts!

I was just writing an article that in the United Kingdom people are being suckered into a new trend.  Hippies that used to complain about material possessions and more recently about excessive consumerism, are now buying more and more things because a portion of their credit card purchase gets donated to a charity.  It's great the part of the money's going to charity but they're spending more money on stuff they don't need.

We don't have to worry about the polar ice caps melting and flooding the world.  We need to worry about all of the plastic items floating the planet in a sea of junk that nobody can use.

WooHoo ed by Brett Bumeter at 6:46 PM  


1 Gabbles(comments):

Harry,
You have written about the Culture of Gifts, Consumerism, Plastic Garbage and Environmental Crisis. In this context I want to post a part from my article which examines the impact of Consumerism/Industrialization on our minds and environment. Please read.

The link between Mind and Social / Environmental-Issues.

The fast-paced, consumerist lifestyle of Industrial Society is causing exponential rise in psychological problems besides destroying the environment. All issues are interlinked. Our Minds cannot be peaceful when attention-spans are down to nanoseconds, microseconds and milliseconds. Our Minds cannot be peaceful if we destroy Nature.

Industrial Society Destroys Mind and Environment.

Subject : In a fast society slow emotions become extinct.
Subject : A thinking mind cannot feel.
Subject : Scientific/ Industrial/ Financial thinking destroys the planet.

Emotion is what we experience during gaps in our thinking.

If there are no gaps there is no emotion.

Today people are thinking all the time and are mistaking thought (words/ language) for emotion.

When society switches-over from physical work (agriculture) to mental work (scientific/ industrial/ financial/ fast visuals/ fast words ) the speed of thinking keeps on accelerating and the gaps between thinking go on decreasing.

There comes a time when there are almost no gaps.

People become incapable of experiencing/ tolerating gaps.

Emotion ends.

Man becomes machine.


A society that speeds up mentally experiences every mental slowing-down as Depression / Anxiety.

A ( travelling )society that speeds up physically experiences every physical slowing-down as Depression / Anxiety.

A society that entertains itself daily experiences every non-entertaining moment as Depression / Anxiety.


Fast visuals/ words make slow emotions extinct.

Scientific/ Industrial/ Financial thinking destroys emotional circuits.

A fast (large) society cannot feel pain / remorse / empathy.

A fast (large) society will always be cruel to Animals/ Trees/ Air/ Water/ Land and to Itself.


To read the complete article please follow any of these links :

PlanetSave

ePhilosopher

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