Saturday, January 16, 2010

The Illusion of Choice

Coke or Pepsi? McDonald's or Burger King? Would you like to super size that? What movie do you want to watch? Visa or Master Card? It is wonderful that we have choices. Such is the benefit of a free market, enterprise and competition. However, often the results are the same regardless of which product you choose. Fast food in general is unhealthy. Soda is unhealthy. Credit cards are all relatively dangerous in regards to a buy now / pay later mentality. Movies, music etc. all serve to ultimately waste alot of time resulting in less time to spend accomplishing important things. Not that its a bad thing to watch a movie or listen to music, but as an entertainment based culture I believe that the balance of entertainment and constructive activity is severely askew.
Ever notice how nothing seems to change much regardless of which administration is in office? Or which political party has the majority? Isn't it always the same problems? But "Change" sells because we all want change. But no change ever comes. Why is that? Is it really because all of these problems are just too big to fix year after year, decade after decade? Franklin D. Roosevelt made a very important point when he said, "In politics, nothing happens by accident. If it happens, you can bet it was planned that way." So what will it be...Republican or Democrat? Which side are you on? Aren't we really just sweeping a dirt floor term after term? Meanwhile we inch ever closer to a globalized economy and a one world government. We are meant to believe that there are fundamental differences between the two and that we ought to take a side. However, ultimately it doesn't matter. The agenda is moving forward as planned regardless of who occupies the white house or who has congressional seats. I guess as long as we have our favorite sports team to identify with and cheer for we are pacified. After all, let's leave the decisions to those best qualified. Big Brother will take care of us.

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