A Matter of Perspective

                There are at least two sides to the comforts of society, and for this article, we’ll look at only one aspect, which also connects with others. 

                The other day, one of those soft bathroom tissue with the bears came on and I nearly hit my leg on the table, laughing so hard.  Or those commercials about having the right diet, the right make-up, the right exercise plan, the right relationships, your feelings, and blah, blah, blah….  Every conceivable comfort, every conceivable worry, every conceivable outlook…, then more is coming around the corner.

**Of course, there are legitimate “concerns,” but the question is what happens when companies, the medical establishment, and organizations go so far as to encourage “helplessness,” and constant attention on personal “needs”? What happens when everything reminds us that we need this and that and more: a ton more, rather than encouraging our independence, thinking for ourselves, and doing more with less?

                If those people above, in covered wagons, or those sharing with the Indians, were talking, do you think we’d hear any of the concerns related to those commercials?  Would they be “whining,” or “concerned” that they couldn’t find the right vegetables on their travels, that people didn’t “understand” them, or that there was no Walmart nearby to pick up some prepared supplies (perhaps water filtration devices rather than heating the water to remove bacteria), rather than make things on their own? I would hope not.  And one has to ask, what does that do to the overall outlook of people?  Another way to ask the question is, if we’re thinking about the best bathroom tissue, how our feelings make us feel, whether we’re making the most of our diet, or whether that new solar lamp will brighten our mornings while eating the latest cereal, or many of the other “new” concerns, how does that affect our outlook upon entering the real world?  Or is it in response? In other words, because of all the constant messaging, are we responding with more messaging rather than turning the box off and figuring things out on our own?

                Here’s another aspect that might help with perspective.  If those people in covered wagons, and those men who faced, worked with, and fought with many people, had been a people worrying about how soft their tissues were, how their feelings might affect their overall perspective on things, whether their diet might lead to problems, or whether they have all the right channels on their television, do we think they would have had the mindset to survive such journeys, such a life, and endure? Sometimes, to stop bleeding, they had to burn the tissue damage in order to stop, and at others, sew. How would they have survived?

                Perhaps reading some of the old classics, reading the records of men and women of history past, and learning about the lives of those who began America (and those before), might shed some light of perspective on things.  Perhaps change the priorities a little.  A pondering. 

**We see our own “civilized” conditioning, for how I want my coffee from the local store each morning, or what happens with the electricity goes out.

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