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The Demise of Excess and Avarice

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Tis the season for giving and receiving indeed. But try not to lose sight that it’s the thought that counts, always … and one of those thoughts should be that simple is usually best. Choose quality over quantity and memorable experiences over mile-long lists of soon-forgotten, rarely used gifts.

“Society drives people crazy with lust and calls it advertising.”—John Lahr, drama critic


Supply and demand used to be so simple. A work-in-progress of balancing out the have’s and have-not’s, meeting needs while doing “good business”. What you see is what you get. And it made calm sense. Now, the offerings are fantastical in design, superfluous in number, and sizzled as solutions for immediate happiness. We’ve grown to not only expect more of such uncategorized stuff, we feel entitled to bigger, better, and faster as well! Greed overshadows need, and guilt counters with acceptable addictions. It’s another chicken or egg parable, because amidst the overpromising big print, it’s still your choice to suffer the small print, which taketh away. Choose to sedate the urges for more, more, more, for too much will always be too much, folks.


Copyright 2008 by Kimberlie Dykeman

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