Change and Choice in Today’s Society

a Peter rant

Truly, truly, there is MUCH difference between what was offered to children of my generation and what children are offered today; or adults, as the case may be.

Just the other day I was reflective about corn flakes. You know those pseudo-yellow flakes of corn that you eat in a cereal bowl with milk or without milk if you are a poor person like me.

In my day, when I was a little boy, there were only corn flakes available under the one brand name; later, I learned about frosted flakes, corn flakes covered in sugar, that were produced by a rival company.

Nowadays, there are way too many choices of corn flakes covering almost all the bases. There are the ordinary corn flakes, the organic corn flakes, the blue corn flakes, or are those blue cornmeal tortillas, the frosted corn flakes, the organic generic corn flakes, the cinnamon-sugar corn flakes, the mass quantity produced generic store-brand corn flakes, and others that do not jump out at me at the moment.  Suffice to say, there are many more choices today than before.  Question: when was the last time you attempted to walk down a supermarket cereal aisle to find that one special box of cereal from your childhood only to find that now there were over 276 different kinds to choose from which sent you screaming from the supermarket?

Of course, this fact does not apply only to corn flakes.  Back in my day, there was only one type of cheerios, both a brand name and a type of cereal.  Recently, as in this current month, I believe I saw an ad for a cinnamon-apple and frosted cheerio; not sure, as again there are too many choices to choose from.

Has anyone seen the latest candy-coated chocolate candies that are NOW available? Way back to when I was a young child, there were two types and two types only: plain chocolate and chocolate-covered peanuts.  Eventually, we got chocolate-covered almond candies, chocolate-covered peanut butter candies, special chocolate-covered candies that had shells flavored with peppermint, and now the dark chocolate varieties.  With all this choice, I must ask: will there ever be a chocolate-covered liver flavor, or how about a chocolate-covered asparagus flavor?

Ah, the joys of change and CHOICE in today’s society.

by Peter S. Lust

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