"I am against religion because it teaches us to be satisfied with not understanding the world." -Richard Dawkins

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Ingallsing Again

A friend of mine who I met about a year and a half ago on a great trip to Vermont wrote this breathless and adamant rant in his LiveJournal tonight. I feel every word of it from my pit and encourage you all to do the same.

The sheer amount of useless crap that this culture produces and brainwashes us into consuming makes me want to hurl.

When was the last time you bought something that had heirloom value; something that will last longer than you, something of real utility, something that if cared for properly your grandchildren will be able to use and remember you by?

How much of what you've bought recently has been cheap plastic mass-produced-in-China-by-Falun-Gong-dissident-forced-organ-donor slave labour?

How much of what you've read or watched been classics for the ages, and how much of it has been the cultural equivalent of cheap plastic disposable crap that people will have forgotten in a few years?

How much of your stuff was actually crafted by somebody who cared about his or her work and invested something of themselves in it?

How much of what you've eaten recently has been packaged, processed, microwaveable, came in a box with flashy colours reading "new and improved" or that was enriched with something that never should have been processed out of it in the first place?

When was the last time you ran? Or jumped? Or climbed something?

When was the last time you reached enlightenment from drinking fizzy sugar water like the people in the Coke ads?

Speaking of ads, when was the last time that you had an experience that was as all-consuming and transcendescent as eating a Big Mac or chewing gum (to judge by the expressions on the ad actors faces)?

I'm beginning to think that our entire culture's been Wal-martized. And I really don't like it. 

Thank you, Darroch, for your fervor. It's exactly what the world needs.

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