The link I'm referring to didn't initially seem too disturbing; after all, we need to talk about this and it's a good conversation to keep having. Broadening of minds rather than shrinking them is always a positive thing, right? RIGHT? I'm worried that I could be one of the minority rather than the majority with that thinking however.....and I've been worried about it for some time. Here's the link, which starts out innocently enough via Scott's Marketplace - "Quiz: Are You Chained to Chain Stores?" Unfortunately I could barely make myself read to the end before clicking the sharing icons and beginning to type out my thoughts.....Are YOU chained to the familiar icons and colorful logos? It's occurred to me more than a few times how much people have come to rely upon those things that are "safe" and "comforting" - unfortunately however, to the exclusion of trying something new or outside the box. That means people MAY be closing their eyes (and minds, and wallets) to the small store on the corner, or the mom and pop diner, or the locally owned bakery. We don't really want to live like that....do we?
Parents especially are critical in the development of how their children perceive whether or not to take such "risks" and branch away from the corporate lifestyle which is fed and marketed to us at every turn, on tv, through social media, and across every imaginable channel possible for advertising. We ALL have the opportunity to speak up and say "but why don't we go to Bob's Family Restaurant instead of Denny's this Saturday?", however parents you are critical decision-makers in the eyes of your kids. If you show them a stunted pattern of being unable to choose "outside of the box", what is that teaching? Does that process begin to shape a fear or reluctance of the unknown and instead reinforce the belief that only the brands that are plastered on every bus, metro station, magazine and on the borders of almost every social site, are the best options?? Surely we are not willing to see a generation of little robots formed....ARE we?