Monday, July 22, 2013
Morning Thoughts- A trip to the mall
Yesterday I spent part of the afternoon at one of the malls in Portland. I don't know the name of it but it doesn't matter much which one. They are all very similar. The MALL experience. I felt like a country mouse in the city. I was overwhelmed by all the stimulation.
There are malls in Guadalajara but I don't go to them either. My life is so simple that the mall makes me feel like a time traveler, transported fifty years into the future. It was an assault on all my senses. Loud music everywhere. Lots of smells...... Different textures to feel......Bright lights.... Photos of beautiful young men and women models airbrushed to perfection.....escalators and glassed in elevators......A food court with so many choices, I just wanted to walk away hungry. I couldn't make even the simplest decision. My mind was overcrowded with all the different food signs.
I felt my sense of self slipping away. Who was I in the midst of all that glamour? Did I need to quickly buy something in order to feel whole again? To find the part of me that was lost when I opened those glass double doors? Did my soul decide at that point to go back to the car and wait?
The beauty shop had a huge banner in front saying, Ask not what you can do for your eyelashes but what your eyelashes can do for you. I wondered how many of those young people passing by even knew the reference on that banner. (Was Kennedy shot for this future?) And I also wondered if our thoughts and concerns about our country had diminished to thoughts and concerns about our eyelashes.
The prices were also amazing. Mind-boggling. Twenty one dollars for a simple eyebrow pencil! Fifteen dollars for a small bar of soap!!! But I don't need to go into the prices. Everyone who has ever been at a mall knows about them and possibly has gotten sucked into spending too much money. Those little plastic credit cards make spending easy and painless. Until the bill comes.....
Do other people feel as overwhelmed by modern life as I am feeling? Or am I just old and expendable? That is how I felt there. Old and expendable. Maybe we are all expendable in a consumer society. Our individual unique gifts are not valued. Only our money is valued and how we spend it....
WHAT ARE YOUR EYELASHES DOING FOR YOU??? If your answer is nothing, then you had better go out to the mall right now and buy something to make them start working for you..... Every part of our bodies has to work, hard, in order to keep up with all that spending........