Social Standards

Pride For Sale

People are becoming more dependent on others to make products that improve their lives. At first it was kitchen appliances like toasters for sliced bread and television sets for family entertainment at the home. Now it’s cell phones that can do everything your computer can do, except be easily mobile without constantly being plugged into an electric outlet. These products are made by other people run by big small and/or large companies. In “Kate and Leopold” the character Leopold finds himself in the present future (of the movie release in 2001). He observes the modern kitchen and remarks on a toaster that he assumed the apartment owner had made himself. When the man from the present tells Leopold that it was purchased from someone else, Leopold sneers in distaste for the thought that the inventor would sell his creation like that.

In Leopold’s time, the inventors had more pride. They kept to themselves mostly along with the inventions they created. Leopold could only see the inventor being the one to benefit with toasted bread, not the whole country.

There are inventions like the elevator, bridges, dams, that cannot be helped but be shared with people. Ideas like these spread. These help with travel and transportation. It really helps everyone despite what Leopold’s says about sharing inventions like the toaster. Although, I understand. There’s pride in an invention. Selling it to him is like selling a part of yourself. That part being your pride.

I don’t have anything against buying products from companies. Its just that almost everything I own is made by a small and/or large company. I have no part in how these products are made. I have some handmade art from local artists that they sold for a price. I wonder, where has our pride gone? Do we really want machine-made products purposed for mass production or do we want one-of-a-kind products specially created by the artist? At least for the latter, we could see the pride through the artists eyes when the item is sold to us. It’s more intimate than know a machine made a product on in a single step along an assembly line of other steps in a system to merely produce a product in the end result.

I hope to find more of my pride this year. Also, I hope that if anything I post moves someone, that they would share it and/or give credit to the blog. Plagiarism is distasteful to me or any writer. It lacks pride. If you call someone else’s expression of words your own without getting caught, it says something about your own integrity and how much you care about it…I’ve steered away with a slight tangin, but that little part is still about pride, specifically my pride, and risk of sharing my thoughts in posts of this blog. Again, I encourage sharing anything that rings true with you. If it inspires you to write your own ideas, then wonderful. Art is supposed to express an artist’s thoughts and feelings and inspire the thoughts and feelings of others. Just remember to do it with a little more pride than our modern society inspires.


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