If the date of your birth is no later than the 1970s, you were lucky enough to have parents still willing to teach valuable life lessons, which included respect for our elders.
There was no explanation given to children as to why we should believe the “with age comes wisdom” myth that we can recall. Was it because after people stumbled and bumbled their way through life to reach old age some common sense was bound to have stuck into their skulls?
This writer’s old-world European upbringing included the compulsory belief in the existence of elderly wisdom. It was an easy pill for a child to swallow. Too bad the child grew up, looked around and noticed a discrepancy between her training and her observations as an adult.
With all due respect to those seasoned citizens who do demonstrate wisdom with a generous dose of common sense, there are far too many well-ripened among us who exhibit behavior light-years from common sense. As the adage states, “actions speak louder than words.” Shall we look at a few examples of such blinding brilliance?
A coworker invited a group from the company to her grandmother’s estate sale. Aside from the countless knickknacks and doilies in the house, there were cases of beauty products. Most of them were unopened.
“My grandmother was a Home Shopping Network (“HSN”) addict,” the woman explained.
On the one hand, it is admirable that the seasoned lady still cared about her appearance; at least we assume so. But the amount of unopened products indicates she outlived the supply by about 10 or 15 years or she could not help succumbing to the shopping bug. No one needs that many bottles of moisturizer, multiple sets of makeup lines, and other sundry beauty products.
Sometimes curiosity compelled the lady of the manor to check out programs we would usually never watch. That is, she wanted to see something and Hubby suffered in silence. One day we watched HSN during a jewelry segment. We were fascinated, for the same reason, a train wreck captures one’s attention — the enthusiastic, well-marinated female viewers who purchased and gushed about the gaudiest rings and necklaces imaginable.
Finding seasoned ladies with beautiful hands is rare. Consequently, not even the most elegant rings will make gnarled fingers appear attractive. Compound that with the high gaudy factor, and the results are not something we wanted to see on any mature lady’s hand.
With the rise of social media and the countless ads popping up, kneejerk buying abounds with its own set of problems.
This writer feels embarrassed because she, too, succumbed to “an advertised product” because using it would be more economical than buying bottles of cleaning products. It took over two months for the product to arrive.
The directions were in Chinese. Her knowledge of the language consisted of a few words she picked up watching two 63-episodes of subtitled Chinese series. (You may notice quite a few products originate in China and many only have directions in Chinese.)
No company name appeared on the package. And, the ad on Facebook was gone.
A radio commercial troubles this writer because the recorded comments from users imply almost a miracle cure for whatever ails you. The product consists of pills made from dehydrated fruits and vegetables.
“When I open the bottle, it smells like fresh vegetables,” one caller gushes. In our experience, pills in a bottle either have little or no smell or they stink, which in the case of aspirin means you toss them.
The callers’ voices have the unmistakable sound of seasoned folks. They claim the veggie pills allowed them to stop their medication for blood pressure, diabetes, cold, and the list goes on, including recovery after cancer treatments and awakening from a coma.
We do not dispute the importance of fruits and vegetables in our diet, but we do question the cure all ills ability of pills made from them.
As is the case with the least wise among us, even the seasoned folk succumb to the gullible gene.