Our contradictory society

A couple weeks ago, I had a very interesting conversation with a friend. 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. For example: A few years ago, when I went to the United States, McDonald was selling 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.

His response?

“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?” 

Sigh.

What do you value?

P.S. Do you prefer this type of post? Or the relationship ones?