Tonawanda News — Oh, money meant plenty, but these days it seems money permeates everything. I note it, these days, in the way car dealers debase themselves for my business; there was a time an automobile dealership was a pillar of a community, with a stable and ongoing relationship between dealer, local customers and government, and occasionally you still can find that rapport. (It’s the reason local car dealers tend to be Ken-Ton Kiwanis and Rotary people, and why you still can’t buy a new car on the Internet.) Now it is more of a circus of constant and insulting promotion meant to sell cars while lowering the quality of life (and if you ever want to be treated like a god, own a car dealership and walk into a radio station).
Business is, well, business, with principles taught in schools and elsewhere and transferrable so they can be applied to whatever business you run — a car dealership, a church, a restaurant. Even a household; there is so much clerical work in simply being alive, it supports stores like Office Depot and Office Max.
In a way it is advantageous that churches need to advertise in newspapers and law firms beg for my problems on television. Transparency can be disillusioning, but it is informing. It is the residue of living in the Information Age.
It must be difficult, circa 2013, for the young to filter the crap from the truth. Some much of the former, no little of the latter. But then again, why is it different from when I was younger? I suggest our blinders were better. We, or at least I, cared more about what I wanted and how to pay for it, and less about where the money went after I spent it.
Are the young today unfailingly be in love with something, the way I was with recorded music and the next wave of people with newfound personal computers? (Why couldn’t a kid appreciate his Apple II the way Mom and Dad appreciated their Beatles or the Grateful Dead albums?)