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taking a step back… getting a perspective…

i don’t watch a lot of tv (sports only) but i cannot believe how obnoxious and degrading advertising has become… the fact that we allow and perpetuate that sort of behavior is beyond me…

i want to touch on one commercial in particular… it is a commercial about technology… i won’t name the company that made the commercial… it was about how technology can do a bunch of crazy things like adjust your thermostat according to the weather forecast or make you toast in the morning… it’s punchline was “it makes life better”…

i was sitting there thinking, “better?”… how much better can things get? it seems to me the more we progress as a society the more stress and insanity we create… we are already sucking all the life out of the planet with all the new forms of transportation, urban sprawl, air pollution, etc… we are now working on working backwards… we found out how to use all of the planet’s resources and now we need to cut down on that so we can exist longer… whatever… that was a tangent…

back to making things “better”… we have had it so good for so long… we are so far ahead of ourselves, it is insane! can we not sit back and enjoy the simple things anymore? do we need to crave the toaster that makes your bread for you or the thermostat you don’t need to change anymore? i now understand all the grown ups that used to say to me, “i remember when i wanted to talk to a friend, i had to walk a few miles to say hello. now you just pick up the phone and call!” and even since i was a kid, things have completely changed… i will talk about that next week…

i think we need to reevaluate (again) where we are at… i think all this competition for having or inventing the best technology is overrated… we don’t need toasters and shit… we need people learning about what is real, right, and wrong… creating things to make life easier doesn’t help our youth learn about what they need to do… it just perpetuates the insanity that we call “the good life”…

peace and noLove

1 Comment to taking a step back… getting a perspective…

  1. mrasmussen11's Gravatar mrasmussen11
    09/23/2010 at 2:35 pm | Permalink

    Louis C.K. has a classic bit about this. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8r1CZTLk-Gk

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