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In America the Land of the Free its hard to fathom that we are all born free but everywhere we are in chains as was stated by the great philosopher Rousseau These chains are not visible rather they are an invisible force that comes from conformity to society How can I say were not free when we all have the freedom of our own thought you might ask From the moment of our birth we are force-fed restrictions and limitations We are a finely tuned race brain washed to believe Western Society is the only society Some of us were not made for this ridiculous world of greed and excessive consumption Some see no point to the endless cycle of being plowed into the soil for compost as Thoreau would say so another generation can be born and go through the same endless life style of greed and corruption In the Western World we are taught that our way of life is the only one to be deemed civilized The idea of being completely independent and only consuming what is needed is shunned in America How would America function without the economy being steadily backed by a society of spend-what-you-get capitalists You cant be happy with what you have knowing that something out there is a little better than your item How can we impress our neighbors by driving a 3 year old Lexus In a country of excessive consumption its sometimes hard not to get caught up in it We are told what is cool and hip from magazines supported by leading corporations only so we will go out and buy their cool and hip products Is it not obvious that we are told what is cool In grocery stores items have to been thrown away after a small dent or package deformation These goods are still useable but we do not accept anything that is imperfect Every week our minds are bombarded with
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