Buying American

Posted: January 19, 2011 in Social commentary

It’s funny, that wherever I travel around the world in my pro wrestling or musical exploits, I hear folks from time to time gripe and lambaste the United States of America.

How, I ain’t American, and I’m not a sympathizer to their cause, but the USA does produce a lot of stuff that the rest of the world enjoys (albeit needlessly) at large.  From Nike shoes to Adidas sportswear to Hollywood films to Coca-Cola, the world LOVES to buy American.

As a matter of fact, anyone who likes to spit in America’s direction should look into their own wardrobe and lifestyle, the cluster of STUFF that they own, and see what all there is directly linkable to America.  The hypocrites can then raise their hands, or leave them at their sides in shame, realizing that indeed – nearly everyone is guilty in some form or fashion, even in this vein.

Western culture is largely supported by consumerism, and were it not so, our western world would collapse.  You are brainwashed to go out there buy shit that you don’t need, which is an undeniable fact.  Regardless of whether a pair of shoes were to have the same exact attributes as a pair of Nike’s, the majority of people would go with the brand name, which they have been educated to buy.  In short, people associate brand names, marketed with glitz and glamor, as status symbols.  And this is where the joke becomes lame.

Since when did a person’s status become reliant upon external, material items?  Is the world so blind, that they are unable to see beyond their chosen window dressing?  Can’t see the forest from the trees, is that it?

Let me quote some scripture from the second half of 1 Samuel 16:7, if anyone has ears to hear:  “The Lord does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”

But isn’t that so true and indicative of us as people?  We keep on measuring people by external merits, all too ready to draw conclusions about things we know nothing of.  As if the STUFF around you has any bearing on your value as a human being and your integrity as a person.

Yet, I still am willing to bet that the next time you go and buy something, especially items which in truth are vain and frivolous, you will be looking at the label to go with what you perceive as value.  Because you have been schooled to do so.

And so the spinning wheel spins evermore.

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