What Wal-Mart Produces
Nearly two years ago, Target made the decision to let people use whatever restroom they wanted. After that decision, social media was filled with people forever “boycotting” the enterprise. As I predicted in a blog in April of 2016, the store was as full as ever during this Christmas season. The massive mega mart had accomplished its task of getting people through its doors.
However, there are times when massive mega marts are not the best examples for our lives. Lettuce look at the ripe example of Wal-Mart. From my head tomatoes, I love that Wal-Mart produces a gallon of milk for under $1 (it increased to $2 the week after I wrote this) at a time when oil companies are reaping close to $3 a gallon for gasoline. We all need gasoline to burn our way home, but on our way, we must mustard up the strength by digging deep within our bones.
Wal-Mart produces many things: Jobs. Self-Esteem. Produce. Social Service benevolence. Scholarships. They also produce so much more:
~ How maddening is it when some guy parks his truck in two spots in the parking garage? Do you get mad at your kids for leaving their shoes in the middle of the floor? Is it frustrating when the lady using the elliptical before you at the gym does not put her sweaty towel in the laundry? The answer to all of these questions is: It is incredibly disrespectful. How did we go from a generation that took responsibility of our actions to a throw away society so quickly? Wal-Mart shopping charts. Aldi does its best to combat this ever growing social reality (their milk is still under $1/gallon), but the truth is, why should I throw my towel in the laundry when they pay some college student minimum wage to do it for me? This mindset, although created by the driving range at the golf course, was fostered by the massive mart empire, Wal-Mart.
~ That dude just cut you off driving through the compact streets in your neighborhood. That lady just passed me on a double solid yellow line. That kid crossed two lanes of traffic without looking. All of these instances show complete impatience. Horse and buggy traffic was much more efficient than traffic today. Wal-Mart aisles are small and hard to see around corners. Instead of waiting for the lady with the full buggy toting two kids to cross behind the worker stocking the shelf, you dart around him. Impatience goes all the way back to when banks created two counters, but it was fostered by the massive mart-empire, Wal-Mart.
~ The kid in class copies off you because he forgot to study for the Spanish test today. The offensive lineman holds the defensive end because the former did not work as hard as the latter (the defensive end forced a strip sack that led to solidifying the Eagles first Super Bowl victory). The mom sends her son to the counselor because she omitted proper discipline during his developmental years. All of these show a complete lack of planning. Our society digressed from boy-scouts always being prepared to a society making decisions at the last second. Wal-Mart puts all of those necessity and forgotten items at the front of the store. If you needed chips and cold pops for the Super Bowl, they were at the front of the store. If you forgot to buy your mom at Mothers’ Day card, it is at the front of the store. If you forgot to buy your kid a teddy bear, the crane games are at the front of the store. Lack of planning in the modern era may have been planted by the cup bearer proving to the king that the drink is not poisonous, but it was fostered by the massive mart empire, Wal-Mart.
Wal-Mart produces a lot of good things, but if we dig deep within the soil of our hearts, we can easily see it can produce many negatives that will rotten if we continue to water these deep rooted negative actions. If we let it, Wal-Mart can go from a dynasty that produces jobs, careers, benevolence, joy, and community centers, to a place that helps foster the production of disrespect, impatience, and lack of planning. All three of those things are related to selfishness, as are almost all sins. However, a quick Google search of Abraham Lincoln and selfishness showed me that this has been an issue since his day. A quick New Testament search in the Bible showed me this as been an issue since the days of Jesus on earth with Peter disowning the Savior. Then, a very quick Old Testament search showed this has been an issue since the very beginning. As humans, we are selfish. As Abraham Lincoln is quoted saying, “Selfishness prompts all good deeds”, humans have a bad case of egoism. We may blame Wal-Mart for causing us to reap selfishness, but we are the ones who plant into this action. Wal-Mart, in reality, is the middle man. It always has been, and it always will be. The milk they produce came from someone else’s cows. Same is true for us. The disrespect, impatience, and lack of planning we have comes from our own selfishness; we can just see it as true from the perspective of Wal-Mart.