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killbotfactory Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-09-08 02:32 PM
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20. We've been conditioned to spend money and expect a way of life that is fundamentally absurd
Edited on Fri May-09-08 02:33 PM by killbotfactory
Consider how many advertisements you see in a day urging you to spend your money on frivolous crap. They are literally everywhere, trying to manipulate us with all sorts of psychological tricks. That has an effect on people. Advertising is just another form of propaganda, only instead of telling us to worship Big Brother it's telling us to go shopping. It's sick and wasteful, but they've convinced people that they have to buy their social status and happiness and put it on a credit card.

Think of how much credit cards spend on advertising encouraging us to run up our debt vs. how much we see reasonable advice like yours. It's ridiculous. These banks and credit companies want people in debt up to their eyeballs, unable to pay, because they can tack on all sorts of fees along with the ridiculous interest rates. That's how they are making all their money. They have every reason in the world to try and continue this racket, and they'll do so by hook or by crook.
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