To the extreme

30 Dec

Mostly everything we do in American society is to the extreme. Extreme sports, shopping, eating, studying, innovating, inventing..oh wait. I must’ve been talking about another country on the last three. But nonetheless, we get pretty OCD about some of the most ridiculous things.

The latest: Couponing.

Saving money is NEVER a bad thing, but this “stockpile” thing…is ridiculous!  Last night on TLC, they debuted a new show sharing the stories of people addicted to “couponing”. Granted, I learned a few things about how to save money at the grocer, but I just couldn’t get with the mini-grocery stores (what they call, stockpiles) they were building in their own houses. Only one of the people featured on the show mentioned he donated food to his church’s food bank, but the others just stored it as a personal collection of glory.

It is a gift and truly amazing they can save that much money and get that much product, but with people starving all over the nation, perhaps they can share those gifts with those less fortunate? I know, I know, every time someone gets something in excess or of value, we immediately uphold them to some socially moral standard that everyday people without a camera focused on them may or may not follow.

But, geez! A two-car garage is intended for…two cars. And a bedroom is intended to hold beds! The last thing I’d expect to find in either of these places is 1,200 bars of soap, 3,000 rolls of tissue and enough shampoo to the wash the heads of everyone who attended the last presidential inauguration. But we’re American, and we have the freedom to do with what we have, whatever it is we want to do. 🙂

The way I look at it, almost everything we do can be viewed as extreme when you open it up to the scrutiny of others. These blogs are a good example. What we view as a source of encouragement, may be obssesive, and extreme to others.

All in all, whatever works for you, do it! You just never know how you’ll help others out by sharing your story. I may not agree with every thing these shopaholics do, but I’ll definitely be keeping my eye out for the next circular. 🙂

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