A couple weeks ago, I had a very interesting conversation with a friend. I was telling him that I don’t have facebook on my phone because the app is too heavy (takes up too much space) and my phone cannot handle it. Surprisingly, he told me his phone cannot handle whatsapp!
Clearly, we should get new phones.
But we are both reluctant. We both shared our reasons.
- Phones are constantly changing. Even if I buy the latest model, something better will come out in a few months.
- Phones are expensive. We rather spend the money elsewhere. (Ex. travelling)
- We do not want a data plan because we feel that it’s unnecessary. It is useful to be able to access the internet whenever or wherever we are, but unnecessary. Therefore, since we do not use our phones as often as most people do, we do not have to get it upgraded so soon.
We do not want to be controlled by what society expects of us.
Then he said something that really struck me.
“You know, everything we buy is designed to break down. Electronics break down quickly because they want you to buy a newer model. The clothes we purchase are not made to last. That is how they get us to keep on spending.”
I was perplexed.
Then I snapped out of it and realized that our society is always contradicting itself.
We want people to eat healthy, yet fast food is the cheaper option. In the United States, McDonald offers 50 nuggets for $10. The same $10 could probably only get me a salad that can barely fill 1/3 of my stomach. WHAT WOULD A RATIONAL PERSON CHOOSE? We blame people for making poor eating choices, but we make “bad food” so much more affordable.
We tell people to line up because that is fair (first come first serve). Yet, amusement parks now offer fast passes for those who are willing to pay more. What does that imply? If you have money, you don’t have to line up. IS THIS WHAT WE WANT TO PROMOTE?
We always tell children to tell the truth, yet as adults, we lie all the time. How often do you actually say what you really think?
We know perfection doesn’t exist, yet all the celebrities we see in beauty magazine covers and commercials look flawless.
I can go on and on.
Anyhow, eventually our conversation changed direction and I was telling my friend how difficult it would be to become a writer, as most people do not want to pay to read.
“Isn’t it sad how our society is willing to constantly buy and spend on new, temporary things, yet we are not willing to spend on something that can have a permanent and profound effect on us?”
What do you value?