Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Today's liberal guilt, sponsored by Snapple™

This nugget of information came to my attention, courtesy of today's bottle of diet Snapple:

"Americans spend more than $630 million a year on golf balls."

At first, this struck me as sad. You know -- my typical knee-jerk-liberal reaction of "Imagine if that $630 million was spent on schools, or health care for the poor. . . ."

But then I realized that, over the past several years, I have spent hundreds of dollars on baseball and concert tickets, cds, movies, fancy dinners and various other leisure pursuits. (Not to mention the clothes and shoes. . . .) So, even if I don't like golf, who am I to judge?

Still -- not to get all preachy or anything -- maybe as Toni Morrison advised, we should endeavor to "Make a difference about something other than yourselves." So maybe the world would be a better place if we all took a little bit of the money that we use for our silly luxuries and tried to do something good with it. Like Dining Out For Life, or Project Red, or something of that ilk.

1 comment:

sushil yadav said...

In response to your views on "consumerism":

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.

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