The International Writers Magazine: Modern Living 79
Gucci, Playboy, Miss Sixty and Yves Saint Lauren
do they all have in common? Theyre expensive, and we want,
no, NEED them. But why? Because they shout out that I am a richer,
and thus a more powerful person than you, even if we do look ridiculous
in the said designer item
thats not the point.
Take my Mum for
instance, shes a relatively level-headed person, and likes a good
bargain or two, but when she sees a Playboy item all logical reason
plus the food budget goes out the window. Even if it looks hideous on,
and she only wears it once, out comes her credit card and its
and hiding the purchase from my Dad comes later.
It seems we are obsessed with the latest fads, from buying the smallest
dogs and squeezing them into our handbags, to having a playstation installed
in our cars just so that we fit in and are accepted. Our fear of being
picked last or left on the bench, so to speak, stems from primary school
where unless you were the person not wearing the right skirt with the
correct number of pleats, or the boy wearing the Ascot trainers then
you were the group of kids picking on the girl with the wrong skirt,
and the boy with the crappy trainers.
It also doesnt help that we now have the media and adverts telling
us how to act, what to buy and how to loose those flabby bits, so that
we look gorgeous in our teensy weensy Burberry bikinis. But are we happy?
We might have diamond
encrusted thrones when we get married, or even a toilet seat made from
gold, but does this bring us happiness or is it a designer facade for
the problems in this world? Because, lets face it, if were wearing
a GAP jumper were not thinking about the "sweat shop"
it came from or the ethical but cheap labour that may have produced
it. No, were thinking that by wearing a GAP jumper were
distancing ourselves from the poor and dressing up the ugly reality
of our world.
Look at Fitzgerald's Jay Gatsby for example; he had everything from
the flashy automobile to being the nightly host of lavish parties, all
to hide his unhappiness at not being able to have his wicked way with
Daisy across the pond. And even when he got Daisy, he still strived
for something better until eventually it was the death of him.
Maybe we need something devastating to happen,a recession, or slump
or war for something to effect us greatly; just so we stop taking life
for granted and begin to value the deeper qualities of love and friendship
again. That or learn to love our latest must have mobile phone, (which
also doubles up as a microwave oven to feed us along our journeys).
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