I just saw an ad for ‘the Warehouse’, which used the by-line: “Get more Christmas for less.”
This reminded me of the observation (or should I say gross-but-still-relatively-accurate-generalisation?) I’ve made about the USA since moving to New Zealand. We (yes, I said ‘we’) looooooooooove to get a lot of stuff for not very much money. Examples – ‘all you can eat’ Buffets for like $7.99. Sam’s Club & Walmart (stop what you’re doing and watch ‘Walmart: The High Cost of Low Price’ right now).
There’s a name for this kind of desire – it’s called the desire to not pay what something’s worth – or stealing?
TVNZ’s programme ‘Sunday’ included a segment related to concerns over tween (8-12 yrs) fashion, particularly the issue of girls dressing “too sexy too soon” (which was the title).
In addition to this being evidence that modesty is not just the concern of conservative Christians, I was also interested in the introductory comment about the struggle of parents “to keep them children for as long as possible”. I’ve often wondered about the tension between biological adulthood and ‘adulthood’ as defined by mod-western culture.
Perhaps rather than trying to ‘keep them children’, we should be helping them to both ‘be’ and ‘behave’ as adults. Que the ‘archaic’, ‘religious’ – and perhaps more relevant than we dare admit – practice of most ancient cultures, namely rites of passage which welcomed new adults into adult life and responsibilities.