|I just searched google images for "target,"|
and this is what I got. It's remarkably on point.
|Meh. I'm in it for the Pachisi.|
Oh. Don't forget the bandwagon. That's the one where they tell you everyone else is doing it, so you should too. Kindof a low-down trick if you ask me, playing on our fear of being ostrasized and alone. But it's advertising, so that's really what it's all about.
|Mama warned me about this...|
|Well yes, but it comes in a variety of colors...|
All this thinking about thinking got me thinking. We are inundated with people telling us what to think. Nearly every moment of every day. Signs. Popups. Radio ads. The clothes people are wearing. And it's not just what to think. We are even being told what to feel. You should feel sad because of homelessness. You should feel anxious because your nose is too big. You should feel guilty because the last meal you fed your child was potential a GMO product. You should feel angry because of guns. You should feel angry because of an attack on the second amendment.
|On the up side, they could become Spiderman...|
You don't have to feel sad about homelessness, but you should feel something about it. You don't have to be angry about guns or the second amendment, and you certainly don't have to agree with me about it, but you should feel something. You should feel something. And how you feel should be based on how you feel...not how your Facebook feed or your mom or your friends think you should feel.
You don't have to think about your faith the same way I do. You don't have to believe the same things I believe. You don't have to value the same things I value. But you should think about your faith and the things you believe and the things you value. (And if you don't, you should definitely feel bad about that. Wait...) Awareness of our thoughts and feelings is one way we can escape the mob mentality...or worse. Stolen data from Facebook doesn't do any good if it we can become a people who think critically about what is in front of us and consider issues from perspectives that differ from our own.