"Necessity is the mother of invention" I heard that phrase growing up but it struck me recently that we have turned it around so that invention has become the evil step-mother of invention. What do I mean by that? Simply this: many inventions have made us feel we NEED them.
Cars- you have to have more than one and they have to be the latest and best, they have to have all the bells and whistles and chances are if you bought it new you paid more for it than our parents paid for their first home. Cell phones: You can't leave home without it, it has to take pictures, you need to be able to check your facebook with it and its monthly plan (with contract) probably cost more per month than your power bill. Shoes: how our grandparents manage to only have one pair (and those probably hand me downs with patches) is unfathomable.
You have to have heels, flats, sandals, tennis shoes and boots. You must have multiple colors of each. Men you don't escape either. You have dress shoes (at least two colors), multiple pairs of tennis shoes, and probably some flops too. The value of your wardrobe is probably more than the entire contents of the kitchen your mother fed you out of when you grew up. Oh and the kitchen gadgets. Blenders, cappucino machines, garlic presses, gourmet cookware, lemon zesters and on and on. How grandma ever made a meal complete with meat, several veggies and bread with just a stove, a cast iron skillet, a pot or two and ONE knife that did not cost more than having a baby is beyond me.
Exercise equipment or a gym membership. Our elders had two arms and two legs if they were lucky and they used them. The Kindle- because apparently turning pages is too much work. We can't sleep unless our mattresses are ergonomically correct and blah, blah, blah yet our forefathers had basically a sack filled with hay and managed to sleep just fine and never needed a chiropractor or masseuse (but if Papa worked extra hard that day Gramma might rub him down with some liniment- and I bet you it didn't smell like apricots, peaches or lilacs.) Soaps specially formulated for your skin type. Make up that cost more than a junior college education- how any woman ever got married before Maybelline and Estee Lauder we may never know. We use to not take words like spoiled and pampered as compliments- those use to be fighting words because people knew they worked for everything they had and worked HARD. I think I was born way too late. Somebody grab me a petticoat and a time machine please.