I am not young, or even new to having to look for information on something; nevertheless, until recently I think I have been ignoring what I might call a serious matter. Stuff, lots of stuff, decisions about stuff, choices for stuff…our society is over flowing with STUFF.
When I was considering this blog I didn’t know the first thing about blogging, about setting up, where, how to use, or even why.
So, I checked online… I had over 35,000 hits on Blogging. I stared at my computer screen and just started clicking. There were even blogs about blogging. I decided best to go to the bookstore. (BTW- a bookstore is my financial downfall. Some women like shoes; I like books)
As I stood at the section where I could find what I am looking for I gasped. There were hundreds, well maybe not hundreds, but an overwhelming amount of books about Blogging, Websites, HTML…etc: How does one choose? A young man came up and asked if I needed any help. I explained that I wanted some simple general information about Blogs and asked how one chooses.
He smiled, that kind of smile I used show when and older person wasn’t sure about the new fangled thing installed at the local whatever. Somewhat like the: “oh man, where have you been?” smile, trying not to be insulting.
I told him that I was extremely familiar with computers; actually, my husband was an engineer that designs Microprocessors. I just was reclusive to internet chatter.
He then reached up and pulled down a book: “Blogging for Dummies.”
Okay, that went well. Now, not only am I overwhelmed with how to choose what I need out of so many choices, I can now consider myself within the “….for Dummies” crowd. As I was walking out of the bookstore, I sort of glanced at the isles and realized that every subject had multitudes of books available. Good luck to whoever needs to choose.
Now, putting the subject of decisions aside for a moment:
After I left the bookstore, I stopped by the grocery and suddenly my eyes were looking at everything…
I mean everything. At all the STUFF that is available, all the CHOICES. I counted 59 different types of cereals, each a tiny bit different; not any difference that would make that brand more outstanding over another. Even the various brands seemed to be competing against themselves within their own little niche.
As I walked down the isles a thought hit me, “This is only one store. How on earth is all this stuff sold?” There has to be tremendous waste. What happens to it? I know it doesn’t go to the hungry?
On a trip to Africa, I remember going into a local grocer in Kenya. I also remember that they had four types of cereal. Rice Chex, Wheat Chex, Cherrios, and Raisin Bran. I also remember asking one of our young guides about having so few to choose from. His happy and simple reply: “How many more would you want? It feeds you, gives you nutrition.”
We have become a society extreme waste and want. How does one choose? Why do we need so much stuff? Don’t get me wrong, I got stuff too. I pay almost $2300.00 a year so that I can store STUFF that we don’t want to keep in our huge house already full of more stuff.
So, okay, I have made a pact to get rid of a lot of my stuff…. but wait…. OMG now I have to choose what to get rid of and what to keep.
I recently saw a great scene in the movie: The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, where near the end Christopher Plummer, playing Dr Parnassus, comes to a cross roads and collapses in frustration and exhaustion hollering out –
“No more choices!”
No wonder we have so many people in our society with mental problems…look at the decisions we have to make each and every day as we contend with stuff.