Hmmm. . .Really?
Anita Sharpe on Culture
A group called The Center for a New American Dream just released interesting results from a poll of 1,269 U.S. adults. First, I applaud this group's mission to 'protect the environment, enhance quality of life and promote social justice.' I couldn't be more personally enthusiastic about all of those things.
But the results of the poll left me scratching my head. It found that 88% believe that Americans are too materialistic and four out of five believe U.S. society is too focused on shopping and spending. 'This Labor Day, they are more interested in being with loved ones rather than hitting the mall,' said Betsy Taylor, the Center's president.
Forgive me if I doubt that mall parking lots will be empty this weekend.
Consider what has been happening in the publishing world, where some media companies are turning into virtual catalog printers: Lucky, Cargo, Vitals. Even OPRAH, of all people, devotes the latest issue of her magazine to shopping.
So here's a question (or three): is it possible to be pro-quality of life and still go shopping? What's better -- a family outing to the mall or a family at home in separate rooms watching TV? Is it possible that much of our shopping mania simply represents another quest to add more beauty to our lives?