used to know all about treadmills. They were big wheels, like old-fashioned
water wheels, powered by the weight of prisoners endlessly walking forward
and, of course, getting nowhere. The turning wheel held several prisoners,
all treading forward for hours on end. It was used to power other machines.
really it was a form of punishment.
Some say that kids like
you are really just being 'trained' to fit into the new-style treadmill
of work. Got to work hard in school
and get good grades so you can get a good job so you can buy everything
you want... and if you don't get a 'proper' job, you're a 'failure' and your status is low.
course, you need to work to earn money to buy clothes, food and all the
other things you want. I guess the question is:
will you work to just get
what you need — or what you want?
'Needs' and 'wants' are
two very different things. Think about it and then take a peek below.
but I want
food: bread, vegetables, fruit
hamburgers, takeaway food, junk/fun food, cookies, chocolate,
fruit juice, coffee, beer, wine, spirits, milk
pants, socks, shoes, coat
designer label shoes and sportswear, trendy stuff to make
sure I'm really cool —like all my friends.
and tongue for talking, pen and paper for writing
do without that these days) and
tablet or computer for email,
chat, Facebook, Twitter, games
and... oh yes!... to access Tiki
the Penguin's website.
(bike, public transport)
cars, 2 SUVs, jet-ski, motorcycle, airplane, submarine,
fast launch, ocean-going luxury yacht
soap, toothbrush and paste
toiletries, bubblebath, oceans of hot water for baths and
showers, makeup and cleansing creams, fancy hairstyle, hair
my friends have and more, including
the latest TV, DVD, CD player,
radio, mp3 player, computer,
computer games, video camera,
own workout gym, robot to do
everything for me, swimming pool,
Jacuzzi, windsurfing gear, powered
glider, fast car, truck to carry
everything everywhere, 3 houses
in the country, holidays in Costa
Rica and Italy, ocean cruise
to South Georgia to meet me...
etc. And soon, a tourist
trip into space!
house with water supply for bathroom and kitchen. Small garden
to grow food.
mansion in select area with heating/air conditioning in every
one of its many rooms. House to be near take-aways and fast
food outlets 'cos I don't want to bother with cooking. Too
you think of anything else?
thousands of things. And I want them all. I mean I really
do need all these things. Like really. Can't live without
them. I must have them ... gimme more, more, more... blah
Of course I'm not suggesting
that you should never have anything you want and that you only have one
pair of shoes and eat potatoes and vegetables and nothing else! That's
the sort of thing a few very religious people do by choice and very poor
people do because they don't have the choice.
message is that your real needs
are few and
don't cost much at all.
are probably many and they,
the problem? — Trashing the
you want — Things you never knew you needed and ads.