posted on Jun, 1 2010 @ 11:31 AM
Originally posted by DazedDave
I also feel that people behave irresponsibly in terms of spending and living above their means. There is NO reason for anyone to have over $10,000 of
credit card debt. No reason at all. Don't you dare complain that interest rates are too high and banks are greedy when you took the personal choice
to charge over $10,000 to a credit card when nobody forced you to do so.
In my opinion it is not neccisarily the people themselves fault
that they feel the need to take out massive loans in order to buy the latest
lifestyle choice- a 50" plasma screen, or a brand new stereo system for example.
We are being targeted constantly day and night by big coperations telling us exactly what we need- we are kept in a perpetual state of aspiration and
dissatisfaction, a feeling that we will never quite 'succeed' until we get that next new desirable, that lifestyle, that experience. we are always
keft feeling like we are tinckering on the edge of reaching that state of materialistic nirvana, yet we are always one step away.
Advertising and marketing is a biliion dollar industry, with some of our 'greatest' minds working behind it's closed doors in order to keep it
evolving and becoming ever more effective at manipulating our minds.
What chance, for example, does a single child stand against such a massive, powerful industry, an industry intent on exploiting the vunerabilities of
our minds in order to turn over massive profit and power?
And once the industry has a childs mind, they have it for the rest of thier lives!
My argument is that we are vitims of our own greed, we do not get given a 'choice' if whether or not we should live outside our means, it is
practically hard-wired into all of us that this is exactly the right thing to do! Because we have it so good and there is always another 'dream' on
the horizon, most of us never have the chance to actually think
about our real responsibilities or the true meaning of living!