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Have Americans Lost Their Minds Completely?

 I just have to get something off my mind this morning. Call it a pet peeve. Call it bitching. Either way, it could qualify.

I was watching Good Morning America this morning when they had a segment that just proved to me how nuts we’ve become in the past twenty years. The segment had to do with decorating a child’s room and having the cost run from $50,000 upward to give the little darling a wish come true. And that little darling could be an infant at the time.

You could call my reaction one of disgust, disbelief, etc. You’d be right, but you’d also miss my secondary response. That one would cover words like disappointment, outrage, and defeat.

Why would I have such a strong reaction to someone spending that kind of money on something as transient as a child’s room’s décor? I think it has something to do with the fact that it exemplifies the chasm between those with and those without. Recent news reports have discussed the reality of more millionaires being created every year than ever before while the ranks of the poor increase exponentially during the same timeframe. The middle class is separating into upper and lower classes.

We are truly becoming a class system in this country. It’s been coming for a long time, but the blatant signs of the division have finally come out to blind us with their neon lights.

Some watchers of this trend speculate about creating a generation of children who believe they’re entitled to all the perks in life without having earned anything. My question is this. Why haven’t these people already seen that trend?

Bigger and better houses, a new bigger and better phone every time one comes onto the market, expectations of a new car on that 16th birthday—all of these imply a need for status symbols. Stand in any electronics department of any store, including discount stores, and listen to kids with their parents. Do this for an hour and you’ll understand what I’m talking about.

Any time a child throws a temper tantrum because they’re going to have to wait for a new phone, or that a 60” HDTV for the child’s room is not possible simply because they’ve asked for it are only two examples of a normal day in that electronics department. I have to ask, though, if all of the kids’ influences come from advertising or peers.

There are plenty of adults out there who live the same way, and I’m not talking about those in their 20s and 30s. There are plenty of those in their 40s who seem to have the same problem as the kids. Instant gratification runs rampant.

What about those who will buy the newest, brightest, flashiest phones with apps out the whazoo and they’re worrying about making the mortgage at that moment? Or, how about the fifty some-year- old that just has to have a new paint job on his car instead of paying down the credit card?

It seems as if our culture has bred a few generations of citizens who’re more concerned with living the good life rather than having a good life. I’ve come to disbelieve people who look as if they have everything. I guess I’ve watched too many shows educating people about dealing with debt and witnessing those that are trying to climb out of a hole so deep it will take years of careful planning to prevent them from losing everything.

Until the mindset changes within our country, I doubt that much can be done about the decadence that seems to be taking over. When the powers that be ignore the critical situations that face us all and refuse to step up to address the poverty question, the environmental hazards we face, and the truth about how far gone our educational systems’ infrastructure really is, we won’t have a prayer of pulling ourselves up to be a healthier country.

I doubt seriously that it’s the fat on our bodies that’s making us such as we are, but rather the fat between our ears than control the issues. And yes, I do know that many have come to their senses and ask the same question or a variant of it. I also wonder how long it will take for the majority to follow suit and understand that belongings and looks don’t define a person.

Unfortunately, a class system does define people by how well they live according to possessions and impressions. The economy drives part of the problem. Much of the rest is created by psycho-social factors. Tearing down a class system is difficult at best. The last time it took a revolution to bring about such a change.

If I’m wrong, please let me know. If I might be on to something, let me know that, too. The ultimate question is: have Americans lost their minds completely? Comments are always welcome. Dialogue encourages understanding and change.

Have a great week, peeps. A bientot,


  1. May 17, 2011 at 12:44 pm

    I see children behave as if they’re entitled all the time. I think you’re right, it isn’t only advertising and peer pressure that creates these little monsters. It’s a lack of gratitude being taught by their elders.
    Usually, their parents and caregivers act in the same manner or don’t discourage their children’s ‘gimme’ tantrums.
    Sad, isn’t it?

  2. Kandy
    May 17, 2011 at 1:30 pm

    Thank-you, for the past 2-3 weeks I have been having this same rant. I did not see GMA. What i witnessed was real life. I recently had a new neice born and a new cousin soon to be born, the parents and grand-parents went out and bought 300.00 4 piece bedding sets for the baby crib, mind you, this price did NOT include the crib. A quilt, dust ruffle, sheet, and bumper padding was what it consisted of plus it wasn’t even in a newborn theme, it looked as if it was for an adult. While I am not saying a parent should buy yard sale or consignment (which is what I did and they survived it) but Walmart has nearly the same designs with a $50-60 price range. If you start them out with the most expensive they may always come to expect that. Once they are grown then the Prince might not be able to afford the Princess……………….

  3. May 17, 2011 at 6:26 pm

    Oh, Clauds, are you ever RIGHT ON TARGET. This is a pet peave of mine as well. The term “instant gratification” explains it fully in two words. Keep preaching it, sister. You’re doing fine.

  4. May 21, 2011 at 10:19 pm

    I’m with you all the way on this one, Claudsy. It’s ridiculous how damaged our children are becoming, with this “The Child Deserves EVERYTHING” attitude. Drives me up the wall. Please, continue b****ing. 🙂

    • claudsy
      May 24, 2011 at 8:45 pm

      Good to see you, Cat, and thanks. It does make a person wonder where values got to, doesn’t it?


  5. May 23, 2011 at 8:31 am

    I just book marked your blog on Digg and StumbleUpon.I enjoy reading your commentaries.

    • claudsy
      May 24, 2011 at 8:44 pm

      It’s always good to have another reader. Thanks for the vote of confidence. See you around often.


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