Monday, July 7, 2014
Don't Believe The Marking Hype: Less is Not More
Less is Always Less, Not More Do Not Be Fooled! Lex Loeb Contributor Network . The Museum of Modern Art in Manhattan is the temple of Less is More. Since it's founding by Rich Rockefeller ladies MoMA has preaching the less is more doctrine of art and design. The Rich Rockefeller men had the alternative theory when they designed and built Rockefeller Center there the aesthetic was clearly that of A Lot more is A Lot more! Wall street and the US economy learned from the Less is more mantra. The sad thing is how often people fall for the idea that they can imagine less being more. The most ancient sources for the philosophy of less is more comes form groups and civilizations that wanted to deny material possession and even existence. The dead sea scrolls were produced by a group called the Essenes who live an early less is more lifestyle though there is evidence from archaeological that they had some means of storing food and water, The ancient zen Buddhists, going back to the founder of the religion Buddha, are the biggest believers in a lot less is more. Buddha himself Sat still under a sacred tree for a long segment of his life span. The assumption might be that a sheep that only needs grass and water to live might be better at meditation and have greater less is more purity until it goes into mating season. Less is More philosophers populate every aspect of our existence in the highly specialized modern world. We have less is more architecture and less is more financial planning from banks and Wall Street. There is a less is more mentality at an all organic health food store where less is supposed to cost a lot more. The luxury markets pride themselves on less costing a lot more. One of the greatest retail scams of all times is found in retail establishments like Herod's in London or a Louis Vitton outlet where some mundane thing like a shoe costs $500 or more each. The other shoe costs an additional $500 if you want both. You do always get what you paid for. In a Gucci store you get the brand name stamped all over the thing you buy because that is what is important in making a lot less a lot more. The funny thing is that they call that conspicuous consumption. It becomes conspicuous to pay a lot more for a lot less. Yes there is real leather involved and real silk too but how is that more conspicuous than buying ten or 100 times more of something similar in a Walmart instead? Some day I will open the world's most expensive shop as a cable television chanel. I will offer the goods for sale like a solid gold peanut peanut necklace priced at $40,000.00 and wait for someone to come into the shop to buy it. Then when they whip out their credit card I will turn on the camera and put the purchaser and the transaction on national television. That would be the ultimate conspicuous consumption show. I would call the show Less is More. After selling the solid gold peanut necklace maybe there should be a televised live auction for a hair from Abraham Lincolns beard with a starting price of $75.000 and an additional $50,000 due if the buyer uses the hair to clone Lincoln. I bet the day time TV audience would love it. Imagine being able to buy that! One of the most conspicuous consumptions is casino gambling.. There is no better way to get less for more. One can take a thousand dollars to a casino and more likely turn it into ten bucks , if one plays long enough,than to multiply your money by any factor that is not a fraction. Turning more into less has become a national pastime. There is no better conspicuous consumption. Less is more philosophy has taken over the public schools,. As it happens the less students that graduate as schools routinely graduate less than 45% of a class these days , the more money they get in public support. The worse the results the more schools get paid in taxes. It all makes sense once you realize that Less is More is what education is all about. School have to get people used to the idea that less is more because that is the real world we live in. People who want more for less are generally considered to be bad, evil capitalists or Walmart lovers. Walmart is genuinely evil in this mind set because it actually can offer people more for less and that negates the less is more credo we live by. Getting more for less makes us feel genuinely guilty. Today we no longer say people are starving in India when a child won't eat but we say people are working in India. In the developing third world countries like India, More is more becomes a more popular philosophy than less is more. People seem to want to experience more before they start trying to get less that costs more. The only place where less has really started to seem like more is in the computer and software industry. In the history of the world there has never been a means of reducing huge amounts of stuff to less as the high tech industry does. As computer components become smaller and smaller they end up going into everything we buy. The power of the computer INTERNET system as a tool is so great it makes less a lot more. People have the world' biggest library and data bank in their home sitting on their desk top. That maybe the first time in history that less really was more. The consequences of less being more is reflexive as more is also less.because so much of the real world is being reduced into the computer access portal. The electronic high technology forces are cheapening everything on earth in one sense as it also makes a better more convenient value of everything. Is it the ultimate scam? Except for the sustainability scam which is too easily sustainable. .