Cultural Fashion

What role does eye candy play in our culture of consumption? When I came to Tupelo the thing I was told was the furniture industry is a fashion industry. Most of the commercials on TV are about how things look and not how they work. Nothing of what they are made of or who makes them. What makes one product better suited for the application than another? The auto sales pitch is a prime example. It is all about your emotions and how much others admire your purchase. The sales pitch is all about savings. You save nothing when you consume and spend money. The concept they use, as a ploy about savings, is how much less you pay from the imaginary retail price. Keystone is setting the retail price at double of what the retailer pays the manufacture for it. In cars the price is keep from the customer by bate and switch tactics. The dealer price is not what the car cost the dealer. There are holdbacks and other dealer incentives to make more dealer profits. Then the advertised price is not what it is going to cost you. They did not mention the cars they have are not the base cars as they have options. Then there is several dealer add ons such as cleaning, inspecting, marketing costs, sales tax, and the list goes on.

Why do we consume more than what it takes to survive a comfortable life? Most of it is status and how we look to our peers. We are a trained people to consume from the time we are born. The system requires growth to cover debts. Psychological manipulation has us working and buying. Planned obsolescence has us buy more and replace what we already have. We even pay to go places to be marketed to. The local home show is an example of that. Many people are not educated Engineers able to ask the right questions about the quality of the product. The sales man could not answer them anyway. What role does art play? Do collections bring happiness? In a finite world that sells tomorrow for a bit of fashion today, the total number of consumers plays the biggest role in humanity’s survival.

Compassion

Does society have the power to demand the people have compassion? In the tale about the Good Samaritan several people passed without giving help. It seems the percent of people being good is a minority. In a democracy that would not be enough votes to pass.

Today’s world has a lot more rules and control over people. So much so that they can not be enforced so the government selectively enforces and that creates propaganda to get the others to follow the rules. But what about the requirement of the citizen’s obligation to report crime? When 90% of crime goes unpunished, I have to wonder about the system’s ability to protect me and my rights. Then we have local and state governments refusing to obey Federal laws. Where does that leave us?

I suspect we need to discriminate which people we are Good Samaritan’s to and which we have a natural fear to abandon. Do emotions always give us the best signal for survival for our selves and all of humanity? Those with the survival genes pass them on. Those that take more high risks do not live long enough to pass on their irrational emotional judgements. Yes some high risks pay off and some risk taking is necessary for progress. Are you smart enough to choose which?

Doing Something Is Better Than Doing Nothing

That depends on many factors. First is it talking about one particular issue or just the fact that having nothing in mind is bad. Is clearing your mind bad? What is the default of doing nothing? What is the probability of the default? Is the default a bigger problem than the first problem? How do you know the future? Cause and effect?

Many times doing nothing about the problem is the best solution as we have time to learn more or not need a solution. Many times acting on limited information gets us bigger problems. Acting on emotions can even kill us if we do not take time to think. Life is never simple enough to act on simple slogans.

Conversational Nature of Reality

The point between the past and future of our expectations and other’s expectations. What happens now that is not exactly what we are. Us on being.

Faith and Science

What exactly is the difference? Evidence?

Dansette