Exploitation of children
It only takes a few minutes on the web, watching tv, or listening to the radio to realize that children are being exploited now more than they ever.
The knowledge that children are exploited for their parent's money has always floated around in my head but the thought had never settled until recently. It has now become transparent to me that the corporate world is leeching off of children's naiveness and susceptibility.
The amount of advertisements directed at selling toys, games, etc to parents is overwhelming. A child should not be exposed to the oh-so-common feeling of greed and jealousy. Once the seed of jealous behavior is planted, it is almost impossible to uproot.
These advertisements for children operate the same way that the advertisements for adults work. A product is being shown and it is being delivered as a necessity or a way to set yourself apart from the rest of the crowd. Children do not have the capacity to distinguish need from greed so they do whatever they can to get their parents to purchase the item. Thus the vicious cycle of see, want, use, discard begins and children become accustomed to insatiability.
The consumer lifestyle has got to change. Our future generations will be born with two feet planted in concrete if we can't move ourselves out of the mess while we still have our mobility.