posted on Jan, 17 2010 @ 05:22 PM
We've all seen the destruction in Haiti, the economic collapse in the western world, hopefully you've all seen that fantastic post on the pollution
in China, and so many threads that can make the world seem out of control. It seems to me that there has not been an event that brings these things
together that creates a cognitive understanding of what is really going on. I had one of those today.
First, I'm a capitalist, a economic capitalist, a biological and economic darwinist. I don't vote (different topic), and generally view the
situation in the Third World largely the fault of those in the Third World. I understand the consequences of the ecomomic situation and what it
means to have familys lose their jobs, homes and in far too many cases, their familys. Lastly, I live in Western Washington. Fort Lewis, about 3
miles from here is where the Striker Brigades are from. Flags are at half mast about half the time here, whenever some 20 something boy dies from
one of those road-side bombs. The fact that all flags, nation-wide should be at half mast while we are involved in this nonsense is another
Today something happened to me. I went to the Supermarket. I've got a big family and my kids eat like wild animals so we go to the market a lot.
I'm probably there twice a week picking something up and my wife goes most days. When I go, I know where the thing I need to get is and just motor
there, get it and get out. I'm guessing thats what most of us do.
For some reason, today I walked through the supermarket and actually looked at what was there. I don't know why, but in the cracker isle, I stood
there and looked at the number of different kinds of crackers were there. Had to be 200 different kinds of crackers. Wheat, gluten free, rice,
super spicy, mild, salted, no salt, round, square (even some octogonal), all different ways to press grain into something flat. I just stood there
and was struck with how stupid it was. Frankly it was a profound moment for me.
How many kinds of crackers do you really need? Even if you're successful, how many do you need? I'm not going to get into which crackers I enjoy
(basic Saltines and Triscuts - there are 7 kinds of Triscuts now!).
As I said before, I'm a capitalist, hence I know that they would not be making all of these different kinds of crackers if folks were not buying
them. That being said, it seems a bit nutty.
I then walked through the rest of the store and found much the same thing. I walked out of there shaking my head, almost as if I had never been a
I came home and immediately went through my pantry and yes, I have 11 different kinds of crackers in my house! I asked my wife why we had all of
these different kinds of crackers and she did not really had an answer.
Go to the supermarket and walk around. Look at what is in there and maybe you'll have the same feeling that I had in that something was wrong.
Not wrong that we had all of this and there were folks who had nothing, but why we all did not have more in our pocket that we could do more with.
Big day for me today. Odd and I've yet to come to understand what it really means, perhaps nothing, but I don't think so.