I was listening to the “View” today and Joy Behar made a comment on the 2-Million dollar ring given to Kim Kardashian that inspired me to write this blog. She said flaunting the ring was “Conspicuous Consumption” with so many people in bread lines. I understood her comment and happened to agree, but the other women started giving her grief, suggesting that every bride to be flaunts their engagement ring, totally oblivious to Joy’s point in my humble opinion.
So what do you think?
To me the financial inequities in our world become glaring in the face of this kind of opulence or “conspicuous consumption”, as Joy would say. I often wonder when enough is enough? Do we make a better society when we spend 2-Million dollars on a ring? Would a ring that cost $200,000 or $20,000 or even $2000 serve the same purpose? Does a 2-Million dollar ring say I love you more than a $200,000 or $20,000 or even $2,000 ring? Or instead does it make a statement far more vast in nature? A statement clouded by many issues; false idols, misplaced values, greed and the ever widening cavern of separation between the rich and the masses , which in turn opens even bigger issues.
I have another question for everyone. Is capitalism the same as greed? Or does capitalism breed greed? Greed has been an issue for civilizations since history has been recorded, and it appears it is still an issue. It seems we do not learn from the past, we just continue repeating it. I sometimes wonder what it will take, how much conspicuous consumption we need to come face to face with to open our eyes.
Once we open our eyes I have an even bigger question. What is the solution? What is the outcome that will be most beneficial for all?
So again I ask, what do you think?