Can I have a bullshit protector..please?

Cultural differences

I have studied intercultural communication in the past, I am aware that there are cultural differences that come from our family, surroundings, our community and our country of origin. Living in USA for ten months has taught me that you need a strong bullshit protector to live here. You need a ton of «glasses» to read between the lines. I do not watch much TV but the little I have, makes me aware why people are misinformed. There is the element of brainwashing that comes to my mind.

Hieronymus Bosch- The Seven Deadly Sins and th...

Hieronymus Bosch- The Seven Deadly Sins -Anger ©Wikipedia

I can understand

Why people are eating poor diet

Why people are taking a pill for every ill

Why people spend too much on credit

If you sit down one day and watch TV this is what you see, junk food commercials. Commercials urging you too purchase today something you will pay for later. And the promise of medicaments that can solve any possible problem you have. Then there is a whole category directed towards women. To buy useless cremes that claim to make them look years younger. While the real magic is in Photoshop and makeup art.

I think we should just pause and consider the message presented as the seven deadly sins.

Pride is excessive belief in one’s own abilities, that interferes with the individual’s recognition of the grace of God. It has been called the sin from which all others arise. Pride is also known as Vanity.

Envy is the desire for others’ traits, status, abilities, or situation.

Gluttony is an inordinate desire to consume more than that which one requires.

Lust is an inordinate craving for the pleasures of the body.

Anger is manifested in the individual who spurns love and opts instead for fury. It is also known as Wrath.

Greed is the desire for material wealth or gain, ignoring the realm of the spiritual. It is also called Avarice or Covetousness.

Sloth is the avoidance of physical or spiritual work.

I urge you to think about these 7 next time you watch a commercial or a music video or even a daytime soap. It is amazing. I am thankful for the governmental interference on commercials in Scandinavia, it is prohibited  to claim something in a commercial or an Ad that you cannot prove to be true.

So the legislation on Ads and commercials works as a bullshit protector. I have also learned that government, governmental control, governmental interference are taboos in the USA. Because it is the home of the brave and land of the free.

I have a hard time seeing America as free just reading statistics on obesity tells me that the people are slaves of addiction. Addiction supported by poor legislation on commercials, Ads and little or no regulations from the FDA. (To benefit the people)

But what do I know?


4 responses to “Can I have a bullshit protector..please?

  1. Interesting post. I agree with so much you say, but ulimately, I am proud to be American and yes, alot of that is for the open market and opportunity for anyone to succeed if they are willing to work hard. That said, there needs to be education, education, education. Education to research and weigh cost/benefits, education to learn how to question others, and education on how to think for oneself! If people would only do this (instead of believing everything they see and hear) we’d be so much better off. That said, I sure as heck would like to see the junk food commercials pulled from family programming and junk vending machines removed from schools!

  2. Fantastic post. I lived in the US for a few years and was taken back by the layer of protection they wear. While there are wonderful things, bright and generous people ( really generous, and charming, I loved them and my time there,) I couldn’t get past the veneer of polish spread over everything. It was odd. They are, unlike no other, slaves to commercialism and the corporation and turning their heads away from problems. Just the fact that they have junk food in schools shows the level of veneer. I’ve lived in a lot of countries so have a far amount of comparison.

  3. Yes we all need a bullshit protector 🙂

  4. There is definitely so much good and positive in America, but the free market mantra that goes on is not beneficial to others than those who do not want regulations hence, the corporations.
    We had that in Iceland where I come from, politicians took away all regulations on the banking system and voila, the banks were robbed from the inside. No one is in jail but the people are paying. What I see is the American people paying with their health. As a result of the poor regulation that is protected in the name of the free market. Somehow people believe that it is better that corporations have the power, rather than the government. I´m not convinced that it is always the case.

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