Geroge Orwell

We sleep safe in our beds at because rough men stand ready in the night to visit violence on those who would do us harm.

Saturday, October 20, 2007

Practicality

I had a thought today. Not surprising since I am a man of conscience and spirit. The thought actually came as a result of a joke I recently read that has been around the Internet about a million times. It goes like this: Why do Americans park on driveways and drive on freeways, why do people who live in the city buy off road vehicles and they never take them off the road?

This got me thinking. I work for a major retail store and watch customers come in all day long and buy things they really don't need. Why is that. Why do Americans buy off road vehicles and they never drive them off the road. They are much to shiny and no scratches anywhere on them. Why do women wear the current style of shoe with no heels in them. My daughter tells me women actually pay more money for less shoe.

I believe it is because we are the greatest county in the world but, have gone overboard with our material wealth. I don't advocate giving all this up mind you, I just think we should be more practical. Perhaps that is what has happened to us. We have lost our practicality. It is more important to impress our neighbors, friends, co-workers and relatives than drive vehicles that get us from point "A" to "B" and wear shoes that feel more comfortable and fit our feet correctly.

Not that my observation is going to change the world of fashion or is the purchase of off road vehicles going to bottom out sending the auto makers into bankruptcy. Why do we do this? It's is like I said just an observation.

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