Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Products and people- not the same they used to be

Have you noticed cereal boxes, and dog food bags are either thinner or smaller than they used to be? I've also noticed laundry detergent comes in smaller boxes and canned food is in slightly smaller cans. Even aerosol cans are smaller in diameter.  Manufacturers have made ever-so-slightly packaging changes in hopes consumers wouldn't notice the downsizing.  Products don't hold up as long neither. I can't find a can opener that will last longer than 6 months before it needs to be replaced.  I had bought my Mom a name brand hand-held mixer, thinking surely it would last a number of years, but just a couple months passed and she was telling me the beaters kept falling out.  In my kitchen, I'm still toasting my bread using an old vintage toaster I remember buying from an antique shop back in the late 70s during my Marine Corps days stationed in North Carolina. It's got one of those round, black electrical cords and ticks when it's toasting, but it works just as good as the first time I toasted in it. Things are not the same. My latest vehicle doesn't have a metal body all around. Some of the body panels are fiberglass. Wow! That's very comforting knowing I'm protected with fiberglass against an oncoming logging truck.  Why use flimsier, or inferior, lesser quality materials to  make products? They're just not going to hold up compared to products that were made with sturdier material.


                           My trusty old toaster is still toasting my bread over 30 years

But the most change I've noticed is the values, moral, and attitudes of people. I shake my head and I'm sure many other people my age or older have noticed it also. The younger generations are not carrying forward many ideas us older folk hold sacred. The younger generations march to a different drum beat or something. And that something is not very comforting or what I see to be good, solid, values and morals.  

The following is part of an email on senior citizens I received.


Upon reflection, we would like to point out that it was NOT the senior citizens who took:

The
 melody out of music,
The
 pride out of appearance,
The
 courtesy out of driving,
The
 romance out of love,
The
 commitment out of marriage,
The
 responsibility out of parenthood,
The
 togetherness out of the family,
The
 learning out of education,
The
 service out of patriotism,
The
 Golden Rule from rulers,
The
 nativity scene out of cities,
The
 civility out of behavior,
The
 refinement out of language,
The
 dedication out of employment,
The
 prudence out of spending,
The
 ambition out of achievement or
God
out of government and school.
And we certainly are NOT  the ones who eliminated patience and tolerance from personal relationships and interactions with others!!

And, we do understand the meaning of patriotism, and remember those who have fought and died for our country.
 
Just look at the Seniors with tears in their eyes and pride in their hearts as they stand
 at attention with their hand over their hearts!

YES, I'M A SENIOR CITIZEN!

 ------------------------------------------------End of email.



I'm sure I'm not the only one thinking,"what's happened?"  Good, solid, sturdy, things are now made flimsy, and the strong fortitude, backbone, commitment and convictions people used to posses and exhibit have become flimsy as well. This is becoming a 'wimpy world'

What do you think about this?