Letter: Listening to the noise of the Crazy Makers
Just a few comments on current issues that are pounded into our heads by the television, newspapers, churches, radio, theaters and the whole range of charity/non-profit organizations.
We are continually told that we should be thrifty and spend as little money as possible.
We are told that we should give regularly and generously to churches, charity/non-profits and the needy.
We are told that we should primarily support our "home town" merchants and that the large discount chains are a threat to local economies.
We are told that we must have "rock-hard abs," join a gym or exercise class, or become a symbol of anorexia to be acceptable in today’s society.
These things are promoted by what are called the Crazy Makers—and Lord knows there are plenty of them around.
Simple logic explains that it is cheaper to shop at the discount chains than to buy at the local merchants; that we cannot both give regularly and generously and save our money at the same time; and that not everyone needs or wants to look like a gymnast or athlete to be acceptable. The Lord said that our bodies are like temples to be respected.
Our small, quiet communities are being inundated by a manipulative and collective psychological "push" to do and be more, more, more. Life was simpler when the community celebrated a local fair perhaps twice a year that gave everyone something special to look forward to. Now, every week we are being told to support the growing number of activities—dog shows, cat shows, horse shows, flower shows, car and truck shows, tractor pulls, cornhole contests, cooking contests, sporting events, swap meets, along with the ethnic celebrations, holidays, theaters and plays, and continual displays to promote group attendance. I’ve seen this growth in other regions—they are not-so-affectionately referred to as "Walt Disney Communities of Perpetual Entertainment"—and they are almost all geared toward money and marketing.
Attendance at these community events is carefully gauged, as is the class status of its residents researched before they arrive. If a community reflects above-average affluence or natural resources, the newcomers will make forceful efforts to enter local politics, obtaining jobs in critical positions.
They particularly target police, fire, rescue, education, treasury, real estate, taxing authorities and all forms of communication. Soon, promoters identify new requirements for some addition that generates interest (read potential profit); i.e., the flower show needs a new hot dog stand, cotton candy, or souvenir booth selling key chains, jewelry, bumper stickers, etc.
Throughout each successive event, prices climb upward until the market is saturated. Along with these events come the clowns, face painting, live bands and other forms of entertainment. Of course, the youth love it. At first, the entertainment is free. Later, fees are added until the market can no longer bear the costs. Once that occurs, these "merchants" quietly move on to exploit yet another bucolic community.
It’s like the Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves, Mamas and Papas, Rolling Stones and Barnum and Bailey Circus joined together with Brother Love’s Traveling Salvation Show (Halleluiah!) to "bring enlightenment to rural communities struggling to modernize" … Thank you anyway.
This is why so many communities prefer to remain small, quiet and relatively undeveloped. It’s just food for thought—like treaties with our historic enemies: Trust but verify.
Donna L. Clark