Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Listen to me Marlon




“In the United States we think we have at our disposal virtually everything—and I emphasize the word “think.” We have big houses and cars, good medical treatment, jets, trains and monorails; we have computers, good communications, many comforts and conveniences. But where have they gotten us? We have an abundance of material things, but a successful society produces happy people, and I think we produce more miserable people than almost anyplace on earth. I’ve traveled all over the world, and I’ve never seen people who are quite as unhappy as they are in the United States. We have plenty, but we have nothing, and we always want more. In the pursuit of material success as our culture measures it, we have given up everything. We have lost the capacity to produce people who are joyful. The pursuit of the material has become our reason for living, not enjoyment of living itself.” 
Marlon Brando

6 comments:

Bess said...

Absolute truth.

Five Hundred Pound Peep said...

everything became a competition. Much of the wealth and comfort is ebbing away but life became about nothing but. I notice how the narcissists treat their children like trophies and life is nothing but a series of "contests" to "measure up". What happens to people who are graded on everything and you can't just "live" or "enjoy" anymore. Look at the fitbit craze and other garbage like that, the bean counters want to measure everything destroying the human soul. There's no happiness or meaning or "community" in the Hunger Games of America.

q1605 said...

Yeah peep it's he who dies with the most toys wins gone viral. When actually he who dies with the most toys is still dead.

Five Hundred Pound Peep said...

Yes that saying came out in the 1980s and they ran with it and back then it was a joke and I don't know about now :(

Joan S said...

This week there was an 18 year old in the obituary. I don't know why something like that don't send people back to earth. This week in our church, people were talking of getting the huge generators that cost 10 thousand bucks. Seems like the world is full of Harriet Olsens. On little house on the prairie, she was considered the bad one. Now, everyone is like that.

And I agree with Peeps, that everything now is a competition. I saw the movie the Hunger Games, only because I heard that it is now how things are. I remember mother smirking at her own son's funeral, because he "ate too much". Too bad people, for this is how she "grieves".

q1605 said...

They are really heartless bastards. The thing is you never find out you are in a no holds barred fight until it is too late and they have you pinned to the mat. If you have a narcissistic parent I am surprised we can trust anyone at all.