Shop – Who Cares If You Drop

As our society continues to grow exponentially, peoples’ wants are continuing to increase in just as large a quantity, if not larger. Our society has turned into one of sheer consumerism that is run mainly by the addictive habits and behaviors of many. An addiction can be anything; it can range from the common, of alcoholism and drug abuse to the unexpected, caffeine. Whatever it may be that people are addicted to, usually requires quite a bit of money. The combination of habitual behaviors that have become necessary in ones’ mind and the mass consumption to feed those behaviors is deadly.

As much as most of us hate to admit it, we all have vices. Unfortunately our society has come to a point where most things cost money. As once stated by Rakesh Nangia of The World Bank, “All good things cost money, and the costs are rising.” The ambiguous term “good” used by Nangia makes this statement all the more applicable. For someone who is addicted to something, they either like the way it makes them feel or the way it used to make them feel, thus it makes/made them feel “good.” With the growing emphasis on the “do what makes you feel right” outlook on life, the problem of addictions running the economy is growing larger and larger.

As once stated by Richard Corliss of Time Magazine, “Bigger is Better.” Corliss accurately grasped the growing emphasis that many are placing on purchases, among other things. As the “bigger is better” attitude continues to be underscored by many members of our society, people feel as if they must spend, spend, spend. The urge to buy more and more, just to keep up with other members of society, pushes the economy in a downward direction and pushes peoples’ psyches in that same downward direction. The two are parasitic of one another. Your psyche tells you that you need to buy everything, but you only feel that way because other members of society make you feel that way, just as they are forced to feel that way.

Many people feel as if they need something or as if they need to spend. Both of those fabricated needs force people into making rash decisions, which paired with the amount of money people spend makes for any situation to be negative. I propose that we all take a stand with one another to try and end most, if not all unhealthy addictive habits. It may seem like an impossibility, but with the right amount of effort and dedication it is entirely feasible. With the reduced amount of addictions in the world, our economy that has all but fallen to shambles over the past year can slowly repair itself. I have faith and if you do too, we can all do this together. We can all follow the example as stated by former president Henry Ford, “Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is a process. Working together is a success.”