A lot of my posts have a tone of angst against the US of A. I am not really agry with the US as a country, but I am angry at how it is managed and how it is marketted, and how the two are so different. I came to the US 2 years ago and I remember talking to my cousin and telling him that there’s something about this country and the systems in place that I don’t feel good about. And when he asked me what were those systems, i couldn’t put a finger on it and say “this, this and this” is what’s wrong. I think I have finally figured out what it is that I thought was odd and uncomfortable about the way this country is run.
As I see it, this is a rich man’s country. I have enough money to buy stuff I want, live a decent life in a decent neighbourhood, and eat what I want to, and I pay a good amount for it. By no means is anything I buy a cheap commodity and by that I mean the basic amenities aren’t cheap. Cost of living is something that every country worries about, but there’s something else that this country does different. Every heard “Everything is big in America!” and now have you ever wondered why? Why are the Coke and Pepsi cups so much bigger than most other places in the world, the popcorn buckets and the paper towel packs. The industry wants you to buy large quantities.
Imaging this, you come to me to buy a car. I say I’ll give you 2 cars for $10000 while you came in to buy one car for a max of $7000. I bet you’d think about the offer I just made to you, in fact i know you’re already thinking about it even though the offer is hypothetical. Now, you go ahead and say “Alright gimme two cars.”. 2 years down the line, when one car goes bust, you feel the need to buy a replacement car.
Pause… Now think this, you came to me to buy one car. That was your need, I sold you two, and now your need has become 2 cars. I have hence transformed your need and reset your benchmark of a “basic”. Draw the same parallel to a paper towel pack. Walk into a walmart and you’ll find that there’s a minimum of 3 roll packs available. So I never used to use paper towels, coz my parents brought me up teaching me how wasting paper was a sin. So we used cloth towels for wiping our hands and wiping kitchen platforms and drying pans. Now, I buy the 3 pack paper towel and see it lying and imagine how convenient it would be to use that since i don’t have an added towel in the laundry, I go ahead and start using it. Soon I discover I need a 6 roll towel pack instead of the 1 that I set out to get for a temporary use.
This is where I love India. If I want a single pen because I forgot one at home, I buy a single pen, not a pack of 10 pens. I buy a single can of Coke or Pepsi when i feel like it, instead of a crate of 6. It is this mentality, and this business mindedness that has driven Americans to be so casually wasteful of resources. If the paper industry stops for just 1 day in America, the whole country will come to a standstill, coz all the kitchens will now be dirty, toilets will be stinking and dirty asses walking around.
Oh this country amazes me.. Here’s another example : The state of Kansas is apparently considering reducing the term for possession of marijuana from 3 years to 10-42 months. And wait…. This term is applicable to when you are caught possessing marijuana for the 2nd time! The first time you get off with a warning.
The reason : The state of Kansas is running out of funds. They lose $800,000 over about 50 people they arrest every year. So to save that money, they reduce the sentence. And quite obviously aren’t worried if they have addition issues and a whole new generation of Kansas children addicted to marijuana at birth.
A brit would say “bollocks” and an Indian would quite simply say “mad guys” to this interstellar thought. But then you don’t expect better from americans. They have conned their way to bring the super power in the world. And so conning inside their own country with their own countrymen doesn’t come to me as a surprise.
Anyway… It’s a Saturday morning and I just burnt my Omlette on the pan. Guess what… It’s the americans.. it’s those damn americans… dam ’em!