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jetsam - I agree, but don't you see any brainwashing happening in China? What about all the young people with brand-name clothes & accessories? And everyone wanting cars? China is like straddling a fence I think... from my view, I'd like to see the people of China somehow keep old values & traditions going in their young people so they don't simply follow blindly in the path of other cultures. |
When my son was little, watching TV, and we'd see a toy robot flying through the air, or a toy car advertised and it would be speeding along doing flips or something... I'd say "See that? It's a lie, the car won't really do that, the company just wants your money, so they make it look good to try to trick you into buying it so they can have your money." Ha... I really told him things like that, because I knew that the commercials always made everything look better than it would really be in real life, and I didn't have a lot of money. And it worked. He didn't turn into one of those spoiled kids begging for everything in the store. Of course he wanted some things, and he had plenty of things, but not like some kids out there who must have every new video game as soon as it comes out, or whatever.
My point is, just be honest with the kids about the things they are seeing. TELL THEM it's BS, it's stupid and useless and unnecessary. TELL THEM the factories that make that product are polluting the air, making us all sick. TELL THEM the rich companies are getting richer, spending $1000 on a stupid office chair with YOUR hard-earned $10.
TELL THEM the big companies are jerks and don't care about them, they only want every penny they can get.
Teach your children what the important things in life are, and teach them not to be suckers. (no matter what country you're in)