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The eyes have it
Keep up the good work.
I have visited Europe numerous times and have always marveled at how those countries, poorer than ours, are able to promote ecology-friendly policies in regard to energy, packaging and transportation to such a great extent [Euro-trash is better than youse, Envirocop, Aug. 5]. My puzzlement increases when I return to the environmental backwater known as the United States and am presented with gas-guzzling SUVs, disposable Styrofoam containers and the sick joke that passes for public transportation in this country. Don't even get me started on universal health care and the high wages and six-weeks' paid vacations lavished on European workers.
Is it that Europeans really are smarter or more civilized? Or is their leadership more enlightened? Are their workers and political activists more militant?
Or does it by chance have something to do with the fact that when Europeans pay taxes, most of the money goes for the positive things mentioned above, whereas we pay taxes, a good half of them goes to destroy schools, hospitals and transportation in places like Yugoslavia and Iraq?
Stomp out mall rats
Shopping to me is not a luxury or a therapeutic pastime; rather a necessitated chore to obtain the basic items needed for normalcy in life; however, not everyone is in accordance with my opinion as I can see by reading Return of the Native in your Finds column in the Aug. 12 issue.
Shopping has become an epidemic that has ransacked our society in the pursuit of possessions to fulfil one's every want. Greed supersedes the needs; whereas, the child within the adult manifests the persona of the adolescent desire to acquire material goods to satisfy instant gratification.
The negative impact of greed has perpetrated our society due to the demise of values that falsely attributes the magnitude of monetary wealth or material possessions pursuant to the intensity or value of one's life or accomplishments. The false worship of monetary wealth or possessions contributes to establish a materialistic culture encouraging one to pursue financial awards or possessions to monitor their criteria of success.
As a result, greed has created an epidemic of obsessive compulsive spending maximizing credit limits in the attempt to "keep up with the Joneses." The behavioral conduct of purchasing meaningless items to impress others or the need to fulfill their every want, may prove to be detrimental to the true value of one's life. Ironically, one absent of wealth is without the luxury to distort their vision of life with possessions and find their wealth and solace in the true value of life.
Unfortunately, many people have yet to learn the great peace found in the quiet comfort of choosing your own path in life devoid of the false worship of material possessions or wealth. I suggest people rewrite their shopping lists prior to their next venture to the stores to eliminate their search to buy happiness and buy what they need not necessarily what they want.
They may not have all that they want but they will have all that they need.
Mrs. Susan Davniero
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