There are so many factors at work here that it's hard to pinpoint the problem. However, the ultimate responsibility is of the American consumer. The need for all things in one convenient, low-cost location is driven by the go-go-go mentality of today's society.
No one forces people into Wal-Mart. You make a conscious decision to shop or not shop there.
Sams Club and the other mega-stores are indicative of American's gluttony. More, more more. What's it leading to? More fat Americans, more heart disease and less social interaction.
Remember when we were kids? No X Box, no cell phones, no cable TV. We went out to play at 9 am and our mothers had to call us in (multiple times) as the sun went down. We invented games, hit baseballs, tossed around the football or whatever we wanted to do. Maybe we just "hung out".
These days, I have a neighbor who I truly believe to be a vampire. At 10 years-old, I'm not sure he's seen the light of day. He has an obsession with video games. His dad tries to get him to come out and play ball, but the kid wants to stay inside and play Blackhawk Down or whatever "simulated" game he has.
Twenty-five years ago, we didn't need to simulate anything. We created. It may have been the stupidest game ever thought up, but we didn't care; it was fun.
Elton John recently stated that the internet needs to be completely abolished because he believes it is destroying good music, saying: “The internet has stopped people from going out and being with each other, creating stuff."
On CNN.com, the poll asks "Which invention do you think will be the most commercially successful?"
We must quench our insatiable appetite for the newest high-tech gadget.
Even now, I have to justify sitting here on my wireless laptop, with my Blackberry in hand while looking at video on my cell phone. Honestly, it's pathetic. So, I'm going to put my computer down, head outside and see if any of the neighbors are out.
Maybe we can get a wiffle ball game going.