Sunday, October 19, 2008
The Dumbing Down of America?
The article reports that Americans are doling out $41 billion a year for their pets - everything from gourmet and designer foods to Fido’s nose job. What that basically means is that a lot of humans are getting rich and people’s priorities are all messed up.
American society has evolved to the point where each year there are 3.5 million homeless (about the size of Phoenix, AZ) being ignored. We have human beings who are not even basically housed, fed or clothed. Yet our pets are essentially living in the lap of luxury.
Increasingly, Americans are making the choice to pamper pets that do not have the thinking capacity to understand designer differences. For instance, they cannot comprehend the difference between nourishing wholesome dog food and hand crafted, glazed and decorated treats – ones that are handsomely boxed and laid to rest on festive tissue paper; the latter of which can easily cost 10 times the former’s price. Some have gone so far to say that expensive and irrational choices such as these are another validation of what is popularly called, “The dumbing down of America!”
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