I am getting so sick and tired of all this materialistic insanity. Do you love your sister? Buy her a $400 diamond necklace. Do you love your kid? Buy them a $200 cell phone. Love your wife? Buy her a $5000 diamond ring. Love your husband? Buy him a plasma TV.
Oh, and let’s not forget manipulative materialism, like the commercial that encourages a woman to buy her husband a 42″ TV, and then he’d buy her something from the jewelry counter.
I hate to break it to some of you, but buying people expensive stuff does not prove you love them. You don’t need to get your wife a bigger diamond every year to prove that you don’t want a divorce. (I actually knew a woman who thought like that, much to her husband’s dismay.) You don’t need to buy your kids every toy on the shelves. You don’t need to spend tons of money. It does not show love. All it shows is that you know how to spend money. Do you think I gave a rat’s behind that the PS2 game I got for Christmas was used? Nope. Someone thought of me and got me something cool. Now I know there are some people out there who would be all upset because they didn’t get a new PS3. Get over yourselves! I’d rather have several used or handmade things than have one expensive thing. I’d rather have someone search out something special (like my husband finding me the perfect coffee mug, which only cost $1) than just blow money on some status-symbol junk. It kills me that you can put hours of effort into hand-crafting a special gift for someone, and it gets thrown by the wayside for something expensive bought at the mall. (I’ve had that happen too.) It’s disgusting.
I’ve sometimes thought there should be a mass, destructive removal of malls, but you have to be careful what you say these days, lest one be labeled a terrorist. I do think Americans need to take a good, long look at themselves, and realize what greedy, materialistic, valueless people they’ve become. We should really take a step back and look at what’s important. Do we really need all this stuff? Shouldn’t we be thinking about being decent to each other, teaching our children better values, helping the environment, eliminating crime, and a million other things instead of what new gadget we’re going to put on the credit card, thereby adding to ridiculous debt? There are so many other things we should be caring about. Some things are necessary, but we have too many things. We waste too much money of stuff, and try to replace actual emotion with material possessions. Some people really need to get their priorities straight.