I thought today I would touch on a topic that impacts virtually everyone, the topic of shopping.  I usually don’t like shopping, unless it happens to be a tool or hardware store, book store, or music store, such as the mega stuff-mart stores that sell thousands of guitars, amps, drums, etc.  Or I might willingly endure  some unique stores with unusual items such as the World Market stores throughout the states or the Peddler’s Mall near where we live in Elizabethtown, Kentucky, which is a very large soup-to-nuts flea-market or consignment store, offering many unusual or antique items.  Otherwise, I don’t generally enjoy just browsing through hundreds of items for just the right color, just the right look, or the perfect fit.  But shopping is one thing that is virtually unavoidable at some point in life if you want to eat, have something to wear, fix things, run your home, entertain yourself, keep fit, or maintain relationships.  The first step of shopping begins in your home where the idea hatches to go out and get something that you absolutely must have or might need, or perhaps you don’t even need to leave home with the various shopping channels on cable tv. 

But home is also where you view the many television advertisements as merchants vie for your attention, trying to entice you to buy their indispensable thing, their compelling process, or their crucial services to fix all your problems and make your life a veritable paradise on earth.  In viewing these commercials, however, you must maintain a critical eye.  Deconstructing these commercials and ads has always been a part of my college writing classes at some point as I tried to develop students’ critical thinking, to open their eyes to what the companies are really selling.  Much of the message of these commercials is not what you would expect, i.e. that this is a good product, and that it is necessary to improve your life.  The message is usually much more subtle.  They sell an experience or a capability that they know you want, or the person you want to become, so they try to manipulate you by getting you to unknowingly make a psychological connection between that experience and their product, translating that into feelings that compel you to spend. 

If they are successful, you will respond to the subliminal message and rush right out to find this Holy Grail that will pull all things together to make your life perfect or at least a little better.  Or you might not even wait for the trip to the store, responding to the urgent command to call immediately from your home phone (in the next five minutes) to ensure that you get one of these quickly disappearing wonders before they pass out of existence in the known world, leaving you as the only schmuck that didn’t read the writing on the wall and purchase it.  Thus, you would presumably have lost an opportunity that you will always regret over the years, wondering about the possibilities that would have resulted in your life, had you done things differently at that critical juncture in the past.   This is why I look at the commercials with a skeptical eye, always trying to peel back the layers to find the nugget of a simple message that is encoded in the ad.  And I have to laugh sometimes at the various attempts, seeing through the smoke and mirrors and realizing how they are trying to manipulate us all, ever so subtly. 

More on this tomorrow.  I pray you have a blessed day with the Lord’s active presence in your life. 

 


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    I'm a retired soldier, having spent 23 years of my life serving our country, actually 30 years when you count the reserve and National Guard time as well.  I believe in servant leaders, following the example of our Lord, and I believe in giving back to the troops once one has attained a certain status or level of success in life.  But I also believe in fighting back against corruption and incompetence wherever you find it if it hurts people.  Our national values were worth dying for.  They are also worth living for.  A man or woman can actually live a life by these principles of humility, service, love, duty, and honor, and have a significant impact on the world around them...if you have the dedication to see it through. 

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