Sunday, September 15, 2013

The Mirage of Happiness in America


From birth, Americans are surrounded with an array of toys, from the ones used by the babies, to the ones used by the adults.

We're constantly bombarded by glitzy ads that promise to make us prettier, slimmer, richer, healthier and happier, if we would just buy this or take that.

Some empty suit posing as president reinforces the propaganda by telling Americans that we're 'exceptional,' so much so, that we have some kind of right and duty to kill more people in the ME.

We repeat silly sounding phrases, like "Shop till your drop," or "The one with the most toys at the end, wins!"

Yet, suicide is now the leading cause of 'injury death' in the USA.

We spend close to 300 BILLION a year on prescription drugs, with many on anti-depression meds.

Yet, more Americans suffer from some type of mental problem than any other nation on Earth.

People also use food to 'medicate' themselves, with America leading the pack of industrialized nations in the number of obese people.

We also lead the 'civilized' world in child abuse death rate.

We also lead in the number of people in prison and the number of crimes committed.

Does the above sound like a happy, healthy well-adjusted nation of caring, considerate people or a nation of desperate, venal, unhappy and lost individuals?

2 comments:

  1. I don't know if consumerism originated in the USofA but it sure has been around in other countries as well. 'You gotta keep up with the Joneses.' In the early days it was like, oh, they have a second TV in their bedroom. I want one too (Germany 60's and 70's). So, I think it's not an all American thing. It's just with companies like Wally it has been taken to the next level.

    The disconnect of the average American with the rest of the world is astounding. I still can't fathom how the Evangelicals are able to reconcile their belief in Jesus with calling for war against other people they don't even know and are no threat to them.

    "The American Legion prides itself on advocating and fighting for Americanism. Very good, then; why doesn't it get up on it's hind legs and do a little fighting against the conniving Yiddisher who's brought a whirlwind of cataclysm on the heads of universal Christendom?" W.D.Pelley

    As for being exceptional:

    http://tomatobubble.com/id329.html

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  2. MN, in the USA, consumerism has been enshrined as a religion.

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