The American family has changed over the years, the people have always been concerned with making a better life for themselves and their families, and we have always been single-minded in doing this that we can’t enjoy the things we work for.
We are taught as children that being successful is how you have a family that loves you. That the only way to make a family happy is to keep climbing the socio-economic ladder and to keep them supplied with new and exciting stimuli. However, in doing this, in throwing yourself in your work and climbing the precarious rungs that make up our society, we lose all of it.
In throwing ourselves into work we lose the things that make our families happy: togetherness. Children want to play with their parents, whom cannot stop working so that in the future their children will respect them. This alienates the children as they develop and eventually makes them feel as though work is more important thanks family. They grow up feeling this way and do it almost unconsciously. Suddenly family time turns into being able to watch television together in a room and everyone wants the same thing. Suddenly everyone feels so discontent in their lives that happiness turns into a competition between neighbors for the perfect beige, the perfect sleek and characterless house in a neighborhood with houses that are all the same size, that have all the same utensils, and all the same details. The perfect beige turns the creativity of the children into a ball that they should be ashamed of in the center of their hearts because creativity doesn’t help the resell value of a home that is identical in beige and unhappiness as it’s next door neighbors.
We Americans feel so whole heartedly that our lives are perfect but as I look around I don’t see the big deal. Everyone hides their individuality behind posters that say express yourself and then judge the differences between themselves and the person next to them through a screen with an Apple on the back. We preserve nothing that is old, all of our food needs to be refrigerated and anything over fifty years old needs to be renovated. There are no beautiful cathedrals and wonderful effort put into architecture around my home town. The only exciting things to happen are when a new chain restaurant opens and the masses flock to the reheated refrigerator food. The only thing I can say is this: where is our character? What’s so wrong with the old that instead of fixing it we have to get new models of everything. Why are we tearing down our trees to make plastic houses for fake families? Why don’t we paint murals on the walls and spend hours making our food from scratch. When exactly did we become a nation of instant instead of hard work?
What the fuck happened to us?
FREE! / Pokemon crossover!!!
haru: dolphin + vaporeon
makoto: orca + lanturn
kiss me: betta fish + dewgong
gou: shark + corsola
rei: flying fish + finneon
nagisa: sunset anthias + piplup
sousuke: whale shark + seadra
rin: shark + sharpedo
ai: pilot fish + ducklett
momotaro: clown fish + buizel
first time making a gif ((((((;v;))))))
When I posted this giveaway a month ago, I hadn’t planned to be in London on the 31st of July (the original closing date of this giveaway) and I am unable to select the winners until I get home later in the week. Due to this, I am extending the giveaway by just over a week and the winners will now be selected on Saturday 9th August.
Don’t miss out! This is your last chance to enter! ^___^ xox
YAY!!! I cannot believe it, but I have reached a phenomenal 50,000 followers (now 55,555)! That’s 49,500 more than I ever hoped to have, hehe, and to celebrate and say thank you for your unbelievable support, I want to give a little something back.
There will be three lucky winners who will each win one of these prizes…
The large Oh-Totoro (grey) plushie.
The medium Chu-Totoro (blue) plushie.
The small Chibi-Totoro (white) plushie.
All three of these plushies are genuine Japanese merchandise and feature the official “Approved by Studio Ghibli” sticker, so are very high quality! ^___^
HOW TO ENTER:
1. You must be following oh-totoro
- I will check this after making the draw and redraw if necessary.
2. You must reblog this post.
- Each reblog counts as an entry. You may reblog once per day.
3. You must be willing to give me your postal address.
- Well, this should be obvious.
4. A photo of each winner with their prize would be greatly appreciated so I can reblog it to oh-totoro, but this is not a requirement.
DATE OF DRAW:
SATURDAY 9th AUGUST 2014 (and will be announced a week later)
I will contact the three winners on this date and give them 48 hours to respond to my Ask. If I don’t receive a response, I will nudge up those who have responded and redraw the lowest prize. This will also be the case if Asks are not enabled. Make sure your Asks are enabled!
WHO CAN ENTER:
Anybody can enter. I will post to any country. So don’t miss out!
Good luck! x