In my opinion; it all starts with parenting. Parenting alone is not the issue at-hand; it is many things that all work together in this age we call,
the 21st Century. The ease of entertainment, for example. In my childhood days, the VHS was the hot thing. And with my parents, it was the
television invention that was the hot thing. New innovations! With my grandparents, it was probably the television as well. New Innovations!
If you were to go back in time and tell somebody from the 1940s that one day there will be a gigantic screen sitting in homes that would bring color
and imagination and allow them to go on destinations they have never dreamed of without ever leaving their home - they'd say "Hey, sign me up!" --
afterall, it's a part of new innovations.
I can remember when going to a theatre was so cool; now with technology we can wait about 6 months and have a DVD version playing on our newly
innovative giant screen television, complete with surround sound, heavy bass ... turn up the treble and let her "rock-n-roll".
Things are simpler these days. If you want quirky and fun just dial it in. Feeling soapy and romantic; get your latest soap opera fix with the ease
of a button. And don't forget about those errogenous zones.
There are many things that have shaped our lives in the last 40-50 years that have taken away the "initial excitement of it all". Play a game of
Final Fantasy all the way through and you'll feel the complacency build over a period of time but up-close-and-personal with battle after battle after
battle. At the beginning of a Final Fantasy game, it is all "ooohs and aahhhs".. and as the story and game continue much fun can be had - much!
Somewhere along the way, the game becomes boring, tiresome, redundant. One can play the game anyway for all the glitzy graphics and fun sound effects
and video sprites; but nevertheless the fun is done. The initial excitement has worn off.
In this same way; we experience certain things in our life that, at first, are like "bread on butter". But after a while; we, sad to say, become
"jaded". Complacent. Non-caring.
To carry it out a little further. Take for example, our food. In developed countries. Most of us drive or walk to our local grocer (if we want to
call it "local"). When we get there, we walk through air-conditioned breezeways or paths that keep us cool while we shop for products that are made
with sugar and corn and unhealthy products. We used technology to turn corn and sugar and flour and [insert your thing here] into many things! New
innovations! Heck, I recall seeing in the freezer section pre-made peanut butter and jelly on a piece of bread or something similar. When I first
saw this; I stopped and talked with somebody who noticed it at the same time. We both looked at each other with an amazed and confused look on our
face and both said, "Who doesn't have time to make a simple peanut butter and jelly sandwich?"
We can have pizza already made at the store or home delivered! New innovations! We can order Chinese food and even KFC has had delivery from what I
can recall. Food after food after food. It's all made or put together somewhere and transported to us locally and we don't really question this;
it's been done over and over and over, each day of our lives that we become complacent.
The new innovations have taken hold and we seek ways for "new innovations" to spark up our lives. This is how marketing affects sales and what is
presented to us. There are companies that know what we like and don't like and they know when we will get tired of something that WAS new and they
know when they need to step-in and put something big and flashy in front of us to get us to BUY something so we can feel better
. Don't hurt to
make a buck either along the way; so they say.
In summary; so much has changed in such a short period of time in our "growing up" as a modern civilization. With the Green Revolution; what use to
take many many man-hours to grow our food is now simply a matter of putting up our hair; putting on our sandals; hopping into our jalopy and heading
to the local grocer. These days we do not hunt for our food. We don't have to seek out water. Generally speaking, most do not have to find a warm
habitat and all of this has been taken for granted because of "new innovations".
Sadly; we can see what these "new innovations" are doing over time. The priorities have changed in personal lives. What used to be "finding food and
water" is now redirected towards a medium (mostly) that provides an "escape" of sorts vieled as "new innovations", "new programming", "new artists",
new flashy thingy gizmo. In my opinion, when the priorities are back in the proper order; only then will behaviors affected by all of this return to
what WAS normal.
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