The proliferation of solicitation
The holiday season is a time for many people to take a little extra time out of their busy schedules to reflect on their religious beliefs, whatever they may be. For those of you that believe in God, G-D, or just a general "higher power," and have preconceptions about what this higher being looks like, you could be wrong.
See, I have decided that the real higher power in this world is a group of men and women sitting around a table somewhere on the top floor of a skyscraper in New York City discussing marketing techniques. They are analyzing data and coming up with catchy jingles to sell you a product. They are creating phrases that stick in your head and sway you to buy certain products regularly -- sometimes for life. They are coming up with ways to make people feel that they need to have certain clothes in order to fit in, at which point they can charge absurd amounts for.
We are merely puppets to these think tanks. Because let's face it, wherever you turn someone is trying to sell you something from clothing to ideas and you eat it up. Even if you don't think you do, you are still subconsciously affected on some level.
Take the documentary "Super Size Me" for example, children in the movie are shown pictures of prominent figures in history: Jesus, George Bush and Ronald McDonald. The children could not identify the first two, but were all able to ID Ronald. When one gets older the new Happy Meal toy may not be as important, but you will be able to size someone's life story based on the brand of jeans they are wearing. Marketing techniques essentially create cliques on a global scale, and we fall into them one way or another.