Dumbing of America – Energize me

Is it only me?  Or is our great nation, the greatest nation on Earth, getting dumber?

Now what’s bugging me?, you ask.

Energy drinks.  Power assists.  Getting a legal buzz on.

Years ago, when I was but a lad, people drank coffee.  It had a little caffeine.

Since then, we’ve discovered vitamins, enzymes, free-radicals, and all sorts of small things that sound interesting and wonderful.  Humanity is only just beginning to understand all the implications of these compounds, and how they interact to help our bodies function.  Some we think we know better than others, but the science is only beginning.

That doesn’t stop the old snake-oil salesman from putting it into his concoction and telling you that it’s good for you.  And that’s what’s happening.  It doesn’t matter whose drink your putting into your system.  They will tell you it makes you peppy, happy, and better than you were before.  In reality, all it has done is give you a small dose of dirty water, and taken a few dollars out of your pocket.

A few dollars.  Does it seem like a lot to you?  Or nothing at all?  Put it into perspective.  These companies are billion dollar affairs, that spend hundreds of millions on advertising alone.  The actual cost of the product they sell is pennies.  And you pay dollars.

Per unit, you pay more for the drink of “energy” than you do your alcohol, your water, your gasoline!  You spend more for that drug, per unit of time, than anything else in your life.

We have good people working at our company, and many of them in production don’t make a lot of money.  It doesn’t stop them from buying “energy” drinks.  We always get a kick when they ask for a raise, and we gently suggest that a change in lifestyle could amount in a bigger effective raise than anything we could give them.

It wasn’t always like this.  Workers actually saved their money.  They drank water, and brought their own food to work.  Americans in general didn’t believe the snake oil salesman.  We even passed laws to make it harder for them to do business, and set up agencies that were supposed to help guard against them?

What happened?  I have some ideas, but that’s for another post.

Thanks for reading.  Now, where can I get some more energy?

 

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