Tuesday, June 30, 2015

American Culture Of Violence And The Little Pink Elephant

We are living in an ever-changing world, where people world-wide have their share of the effects of political decision-making most times beyond their control. Surely we could then understand why the demeanor of people change along with their circumstances.

We can certainly all attempt to live within the philosophy of Buddhism, whereby man is expected to live practically, practicing ethical conduct, mental discipline (through meditation) and exercising wisdom. Or maybe even live as the Dalai Lama of Tibet, who's primary focus is living with compassion, forgiveness, tolerance, contentment and self-discipline.

Yet the truth of the matter is, with a multitude of beliefs or dis-beliefs we are left with a mirage; a fallacy if you will, of people conducting themselves according to their impulsive responses to their environment; which brings me to the state of the American people, living daily in a culture of violence.

I could get all in to the gory details from an analytical/philosophical perspective of people and behavior and the effects of a violent society, yet I'm not going to bore you with the details of such study. Simplistically enough, an experience I had just today with a customer led me to question why people respond in the ways that they do.... Let me provide you with the scenario (briefly, I promise).


I had an online customer a few days ago contact me as she was irate, that the bracelet that she purchased from me with the cutest little pink elephant attached, did not fit her daughter. I felt so bad about it as this was a birthday gift, that I immediately refunded her money and asked that she send the bracelet back and I would adjust for her at no cost at all. Essentially it was my gift to the customer for the inconvenience of the circumstances. Well...I didn't hear from her... Quite naturally, I gave her a few days so that she could respond, and nothing. When I checked back with her today via email, questioning her motives, she ranted, she complained, she fussed, she gave me a poor review, she stated that she was insulted by my inquiry...and lastly, she was reporting me to the e-commerce co. hosting my shop.

Let me get this straight: You have a free bracelet and you are insulted, thus immediately proceed to abuse me (???)

A shopping terrorist indeed! And I was the victim of her rage.

You see... when living in a culture of violence, one may come across several people in a day who are ready to decapitate you for something as simple as purchasing a little pink elephant.

At the end of the day, we are all held accountable for maintaining harmony, order and balance, in our lives, so that the construct of a violent existence does not eat away at our souls from day to day. We can not wait on any political figures, nor religious entities to save us from ourselves. It is a conscious decision to maintain sanity in the midst of an incestuous pool of bestiality.

Moral of the story...? Make purple the new pink!

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