Advertisers sell, that is their job. The method they use is desire. They play on our emotions. The object is to make you feel a need for whatever
they are selling. They play on your fear and greed. If they can’t get you to buy the product, they are fired and another company is hired. There
is no conspiracy here, just folks making a living.
We do it to ourselves
It’s time people stopped blaming others for their impulsiveness and take responsibility for their own actions. Back in the day. . . OK, I’m only
52, but when I was growing up, we learned a little thing called delayed gratification. If I couldn’t afford it now, I saved up for it. The only
thing I would buy on credit was a house or car.
If you lost everything you owned right now how would you feel? Could you start over again? Do you really need all the crap that is in your home? I
had to relearn what my priorities are.
The first thing I did was to get rid of all the stuff I had accumulated but didn’t need or use. Then I changed my spending habits. Keeping in mind
that advertisers want to manipulate me into buying their products, I began questioning each purchase. I opened two savings accounts. One is for my
future. One is for my present. If I really need or want an item, I save for it. Credit cards are for emergencies and for buying on-line if the cost
An addiction implies lack of control. Stop letting others control you! Take back your control.
Chissler, life may seem rough right now, but you are building your future with the sacrifices that you make today.
Originally posted by chissler
Its more of the materialistic world we live in today. So much emphasis is put on the clothes we wear, or the cars we drive. Success is being
measured on items that are completely meaningless. Rather than saving up for the future, we are wasting away on garbage.
I am just as guilty as anyone else, but its the system we have been put into.
It’s not the fault of the “system,” it is our fault for buying into the lie. We’ve become a society of shallow minded buying machines intent
on our own destruction. Christmas is a good example. Instead of buying usless crap for my family, I spend a couple hundred dollars buying stuff and
donate it to Toys for Tots. Then I send Christmas cards to each family member which says “In lieu of a present, a toy has been donated to Toys for
Tots in your honor.”
Originally posted by chissler
Its easy to say we have a choice, but when you think about it do we really? Its either conform or be defeated.
No, your choice is buy into the lie or choose to be yourself.
You don't need to go out and spend your hard earned money on the fanciest of things, you can buy exactly what you need. But in our world of
materials, perception goes along way. If you can percieve to be something your not, well thats just as good as being it.
You don’t need to impress other people by what you have. If you need to impress people, do it by what and who you are.
Its more of what you appear to be rather than what you actually are. The better person does not always get the job.
Why would you want to work for a company like that?
From a young age we are taught to conform, we are taught to spend. Christmas as a child are some of the greatest memories for some people,
just a materialistic holiday. So from such a young age, so much emphasis is laid on these items.
I have many wonderful memories of my childhood Christmases. At one time in my early adulthood it became a materialistic holiday, but no more.
In 2002 I bought a two year old Jeep Cherokee. I have less than a year to finish paying for it. I will probably keep this car for a very long time.
Do I feel like I don’t deserve better? Actually, no. I feel like I deserve the best! But that has nothing to do with material things. A piece of
excrement wrapped in a pretty package is still excrement.