Thoughtless Purchases Make Us Hypocrites

How many people do you often know thoughtlessly spend their money on items without considering what that purchase represents?

Many people shop for price alone, or they shop for the things that are most popular at the time regardless of price.

Very few think about it in any way other than how their lives will be different or better short term once the items are theirs to keep, but don’t consider the impact of the decision they are making long term.

Let’s put some examples of this concept:

# 1: Food

When you go to the store and purchase organic peppers, analytically speaking, that purchase means more than you prefer the taste or a better price. It can also mean that you support organic farming and eating healthier produce.

You could have chosen to buy French fries for dinner, but you chose the organic peppers instead.

# 2: Non-Essential Habits (i.e. Tobacco Products)

You might mindlessly buy cigarettes because you can’t kick a bad habit, but buying the pack also means supporting big businesses promoting lung cancer. Tobacco companies profit from people coughing, having shortness of breath, high medical bills, increased pollution to our planet, and early death.

Have you ever sadly gone to visit your suffering grandmother in the hospital for emphysema due to smoking, and on the ride, there lit up your own smoke?

Your visit to the hospital is sponsored by your decision to buy cigarettes.

# 3: Books vs Video Games

Do you support reading, education, imagination, and intelligence? Or do you support no creativity, non-essential “fun”, unrealistic portrayals of the real world, and violence?

Many parents wish for their kids to do well in school, grow up to be leaders, and lead active lives. Yet, they allow their kids to come home after school, play video games, and watch movies when they could send them outside or encourage them to read a book about something of importance (ex: George Washington).

Take away:

Your decisions and your purchases are a manifestation of what you think is important in life.

Next time you make a purchase or make a choice consider these questions:

  • Are you buying it just because it is cheaper or easier to have?
  • Is it appealing simply because other people have one just like it (I NEED an iPad, too!)?
  • Are your purchases and decisions counterintuitive to what you tell people you think is important?

When was the last time you thought about your habitual consumption and what it’s saying about you?

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