From fast food, to cheap toys, Americans have been had. We are overworked, stressed out, fat, addicted, medicated, confused and practically incapable of changing.
I first realized how bad it was when I lived in Italy for a year. There were very few fat people. The food was different, natural. The norm for a work day included a long mid-day break. I am not saying Italy is perfect. But I think it is definitely a step in the right direction.
I see how young people are herded through the school system, obese and uneducated. Not all of course, but too many. I see the gluttonous hoarding of invaluable items made by people in slave labor types of conditions. I see our planet getting polluted. Wars never ending. The rich are getting richer on the backs of the masses.
We Have Been Had.
Why do I care? I care because my mother died following the path of the mainstream (that alone symbolizes groups of people mindlessly following a predetermined path). She worried constantly about things that did not bring her happiness. Her pride kept her from learning outside the box.
I am not suggesting that life in the past was always better or that there can ever be a perfect society. But I am saying that big business, rich families, and powerful people are taking advantage of most people, selling us products that are not good for us (music, food, politics, group-mentality).
What to do? The only thing I know to do, is to wake up to it and make choices for ourselves.