I want, you want, we want

19 Jun

When going to malls, I always feel this weird sense of guilt. Guilty for spending money that could go towards much more useful things other than clothes, knowing that my closet is full and I really don’t need anything. Yet, I still feel as if I must stay on top of the status quo or get left behind in the dust with everyone laughing at me.

I also get a little disgusted at malls, as I see the thousands of products we sell in America. Most of it is probably made overseas. Americans have the urge to constantly buy more, upgrade, or partake in the latest fashion fad. I’m sure this is true in other cultures, but to the same extent and obsession as Americans?

The other day I took a trip to Target to get some necessary items. I stood in the paper towel aisle, overwhelmed at the amount of paper towel and different brands available. The shelves literally towered over me, as if encouraging me to buy a lot of paper towel, because a lot of paper towel was available. It was strange, that I actually noticed the massiveness and excessive nature of the paper towel aisle. Who’s buying 25 rolls of paper towel at a time? Aren’t people trying to go green? I’m sure most people don’t notice these things, as they have become part to of the norm. But that particular day, I was very aware of the massiveness of American consumerism. We do many unnecessary things. We buy many unnecessary things.


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