Gluttonous materialism and other random thoughts

Over 60

They say “The more things change, the more they stay the same.” Well, maybe.

Human nature doesn’t change, but situations do. For example, let’s look at the world we live in today from a not-too-long ago.

And wonder.

We went through a Great Depression, followed by years of deprecation through a great war, and suddenly we were free to buy, buy, buy — and almost overnight gluttonous materialism reared its ugly head; we wanted more and more, and Big Business’s competition looked to global manufacturing for cheaper goods. And paid a huge price in quality.

No longer was “Made in America” our pride and joy. Global concerns changed that – and a lot more…

Rental storage places began filling with yesterday’s “necessities.”

The family car, once the norm, changed as everyone over 16 hit the roads. Then pick-up trucks were necessary to cart all the latest necessities — water toys, snow mobiles, dirt buggies — and soon, like turtles, we were dragging “stuff” with us.

The electronic boom arrived, drastically changing homes and lives.

Soon it became “necessary” to have more than one breadwinner in a family and a new generation of latch key kids grew up as as wives joined the work forces to compensate.

What else changed? With a whole younger generation finding its own way, rules were ignored, relationships changed, one night stands replaced the natural road to marriage and family — leading to easy divorces, single parent families, a confusion of genders, and more.

As kids grew up pretty much on their own, parents switched from “spare the rod and spoil the child” to the cult of “giving them self esteem,” as if such were possible.

Still, something unexplainable happened. Just when we thought kids were growing into spoiled, egocentric personalities, they proved they could rise to the occasion; and when adults struggled ineffectively with a continuing gun crises, it took one group of Florida kids to strike out on their own to join in rebellion. Time will tell whether or not they can continue affecting their society with equal strength.

But without rules, everything is tinged; people take advantage of the freedom to do and think as they please. For good or bad, a new autocracy seems inevitable.

And so many other modifications in our present state: honesty, true justice, telling the truth, moral obligations — all are dismissed, as greed and power take over, especially politically. Can it be possible that youths will follow suit or rebel and take the road less followed?

Fashions? Have you noticed a merging of the sexes in hair styles, clothing, right down to androgynous underwear? No accident.

Worst of all is the fact that it is now possible for us to destroy our planet. Tragic, endless wars are worldwide. And with a growing population accustomed to lives the life of glut, while some still refuse to acknowledge it, Climate Change is already drastically affecting the world.

Pessimistic as all that sounds, we still have human nature to come to the fore; here are some sensible thoughts to mull as the world and we change:

Your best teacher is your last mistake.

We do not see things as they are; we see them as WE are.

Old ways won’t open new doors.

When the answer is NO, trust that there’s a better YES down the road.

Happiness will never come to those who don’t appreciate what they already have.

A certain darkness is needed to see the stars.

Listen carefully to how a person speaks about other people to show you how they will speak about you to others.

Surround yourselves with the dreamers and the doers, the believers and the thinkers — but most of all, surround yourself with those who see greatness within you, even when you don’t see it in yourself.

And, finally, the first to apologize is the bravest; the first to forgive is the strongest; the first to forget is the happiest.