Tuesday, March 11, 2008

On a more serious note

I was turned on to this interesting presentation from a blog I peruse often. The lady talks for a while but its worth your time. Made me feel a bit guilty. I'd love to hear what my pappy would say about this. Propaganda or truth? Perhaps both? Dunno. Let me know what you think. Go ahead. I'll wait here.

Would following the suggestions on this site help or cause our own demise? Spending money keeps our economy afloat. Could individual actions actually make a difference? Enough to matter anyway?

14 comments:

Tice said...

Interesting...very interesting. I'll respond more later.

Peter Piper said...

Nice find. I guess my question is this: should the spending of our every dollar be what keeps our economy afloat? It just seems so... so...

What's the word?

Backwards to correct principles?

Yes, that's it.

natalie said...

interesting indeed.
If you know my thoughts on voting, you know my opinion on this question.

chaffinclan said...

Part propaganda, part truth is my take on the matter.

@ peter - Why do you think the government is sending all of us those checks this coming May? They need us to spend money to "boost our economy," or so they would have us believe.

@ Natalie - I know your thoughts on voting but I'd like to know your thoughts on the watch tv where we're told to spend, spend money, and then go to work to pay for things we bought. It's a vicious cycle.

Peter Piper said...

maybe your government is sending you a check. Perhaps I should move to America.

natalie said...

@Tice-So true, so true.It is a vicious cycle. Tv is pretty awesome though.
I have to agree Tice, part propaganda and part truth.
But I don't think that it would make a big difference on the economy if I were to put my hundred dollars into savings instead of spending it at Target. Just my opinion.

Tice said...

@ Natalie - But if the point of her video is that we need to pay attention to where our goods are coming from and where they're going, the question is are you paying attention to where the goods that you purchase with that $100 is coming from and going once you're done with it?

I'm guilty of it myself. I just think it makes for an interesting point.

@ peter - I'm sorry. I didn't realize you were a foreigner.

natalie said...
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natalie said...

@ Ticers- Um yea, about the last comment, I wasn't really paying much attention to what I was writing because I was semi-listening to CNN and their topic on the economy and the ways we can help, playing on the TV in the background while I was typing my comment (Andrew accidently changed the channel to CNN. No, I don't watch CNN in my spare time. Not that there's anything wrong with that) Long story short, my thoughts got turned around and I started posting my opinion on the CNN topic. I'm a big. old. idiot. so? They were kinda on the topic, right?
anyway, what I was planning on writing was, Can one person really make the difference? My views on voting and this video are similar because I don't think that only one person can.
I could go green, recycle, and not buy into the " I've gotta have it because it's new and improved" craze, but what's the point? Just because I'm doing it, doesn't mean someone else will jump on board and do it to. Chances are they won't.
I must say that after watching the video, I did feel a little guilty because I don't care enough and maybe I will start caring more about where my purchases come from and where they'll end up when I'm done with them.
But I like new shiny stuff! Toxins and all!
We're so sheltered here in America (and lied to), we really need to open our eyes a little more and see the whole picture.

Grandma Gerri said...

You would be surprised what one person can do. If we all started watching where our things come from and where they are going it could make a huge difference. Recycling would not hurt as a start. And please don't flush old medication down the toilet eventually some animal even humans will be drinking it. Watching the news once in a while wouldn't hurt either. If everyone had the attitude that one person can't make a difference than no one would try and nothing would get done. Okay I'm done venting.

chaffinclan said...

Sally, you started quite the discussion here.

Peter Piper said...

Yes, sally - where ever do you come up with these thought provoking topics?

Sally Sirmans (Walker?) said...

@PP-I was sworn to not reveal my source. So sorry:)

Amanda said...

I'm late to respond to all the comments...but I watched, I felt guilty and I do want to change even if it is just a little bit.