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The Opposite Is True?

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What kind of world have we made for ourselves? When did the cynic take over the hearts and minds of all the citizens of the universe? I remember a time not that long ago, when being cynical would get you a scoff or scowl at the very least if not a disapproving confirmation that you were one, (as if to be shunned). Now it’s as though the cynic is the new cool, a staple of society, your friend that waits lurking around every corner.

There’s so much to discredit, discount and disregard these days. As soon as we hear something we dismiss it immediately without investigation or even truly hearing it. “Gas is only $1.50 a gallon!” “Yeah right, probably need a car wash or buy a case of soda pop to get it.” No matter what it is, it’s always “too good to be true”. I’ve heard that since I was born. “If it’s too good to be true, it probably is.” What a sour grape that is. How depressing. No wonder we all take mood stabilizing medication, (or should). “Hey did you hear some good news? Yeah, it’s total bullshit!” “Hey thanks for ruining my day with your optimism.” The phrase that plagues this world of consumers is, “What’s the catch?” The funny thing is it doesn’t matter. What’s the catch, what’s it matter? You can borrow $20 and you’ll have to pay back $40 in two weeks. OK, sounds good!

I realize that the cliché is true in some cases, (obviously), but it isn’t the rule of thumb. I find myself being crippled by the stigmata of it. I can’t even read e-mail jokes anymore that have the tag of “Hilarious”, “Funniest joke of the year”, “This is hysterical”, “Totally true story” simply because I know it can’t be true. Every restaurant has the best “lunch deal”. Every store has the “best deal”, the “lowest price” or the “guaranteed best, lowest price”, (my personal favorite). Every car is the “best model in its class”, “best overall value” and “best in customer satisfaction”.

I can’t go anywhere or do anything without feeling pulled in numerous directions for any option I can think of. How can the world be full of such wonder products, services, and choices, yet be stricken with so many problems and crappy customer service or cheap junk that breaks taking it out of the box? It’s like the whole 99 cent thing that has never seemed to die. $19.99 is twenty dollars, you’re not fooling me! If the kids ask me to buy them something, I ask how much does it cost. They tell me it’s $9.99. The first thing I think of is, “Do I have ten dollars?” I’ve never, ever thought, “That’s LESS than ten dollars, that’s cheap! Go grab two kids!”

You can’t blame them for treating us like we’re stupid though, because that’s how we act. Day in, day out, we run around like lost sheep looking for the best deal, best price, best ranked, newest model at the lowest price in town from the greatest store ever.

How could that ever breed cynicism?

Egg On!

Ramblin’ Rooster

Written by Ramblin' Rooster

December 16, 2008 at 4:38 am