It started in grammar school. It was so blatant, the importance of “Having”. Having good looks, having things. If you looked good, you made friends, easily. If you had things, you made friends too. If you had good looks and a bunch of stuff, you were popular. Even the most uncool kid, suddenly became somewhat cool because he had a new Starter jacket or a pair of Air Jordan sneakers.
If you didn’t have them, you were certainly aware that you didn’t “have” them, at school. Of course, at home, you are taught that “things” are unimportant…that having stuff doesn’t make you a good, smart, honest, loving, caring person. You are taught to ignore the hype, because you go to school to learn. Right?
And yet, when you get to school, the exact opposite is being spewed in your face from 9:00 to 2:30. Some children can be so cruel. Some teachers can expect too much from (very young) people who aren’t even old enough to earn any income.
This sort of thing didn’t go away after the 8th grade. It moved on to high school, where it
seemed to grow grew worse. Classmates were in not so quiet competition with each other. Who had what? Who had it first? Whose cost more? While some became popular for the stuff that they had, others got beat up & robbed…a few even lost their lives…over “stuff”.
This sort of thing didn’t completely go away after graduation, but it dissipated in college..and a few remnants took on a different form in adult life.
Enter The Joneses!!!
Just who are the Joneses?!
Why do people (try, want, need to) keep up with them?
Is it because they harbor notions from their childhood.
What do you say?
Where does “Keeping Up with Appearances” come from?
Ever met The Joneses?