Essay on The Fast Food Culture is Detroying America
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The typical American diet, with its emphasis on fast food and frozen food, is a consumption pattern reflective of, and symptomatic of, our production patterns -- what kind of jobs we find ourselves going to day-in and day-out, and the way these jobs encourage us to see the world we live in. If people are more apt to think of themselves as consumers rather than producers, if gratification is associated with consumption rather than working, doing, and making, we have only to bear in mind that this is a society where work is either unattainable or alienating. (Willis, A Primer For Daily Life, "Learning From the Banana," page 59)
The psychological impacts based on today's workplace lead us to believe we have no time. We no longer make…show more content… The result of this tracing usually leads to accounts of people who are either exploited in their ignorance or exploited by force (or forces beyond their control). This is reflective of America's overall arrogance (coupled with societal ignorance of the situation), not merely in placing so much dependence upon the never-ending demand for increased production and increased sales, but with justifying our wanton destruction, demolition, disregard, and extinction of anything that gets in the way of increased profit.
If something has "market value," such as the Neem Tree in India for its medicinal effects, or the rainforest in South America for its potential cattle-grazing space, it surely meets the American criteria which will lead to its exploitation and destined extinction. Such market variables" invariably seem to take precedence over non-market considerations such as the sacred meanings of the land to native peoples. Neither are reasons not directly revolving around benefitting mankind. Stubbornly, even reasons that do benefit, yet cannot be recognized in immediate financial gain, are scoffed at. The rainforest, for example, may contain a plethora of medical secrets, or may possess an oxygen-producing quality, both of which most people consider beneficial to mankind, yet "in the last forty years, two-thirds of the Central American rainforest has been