Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Oprah's favorite things. . .

I was flipping through channels yesterday and stumbled upon Oprah's favorite things episode where she talks about a bunch of things that average people cannot buy unless they have their own T.V. show and magazine at their disposal (like Oprah). She gives everyone in the audience these items then which makes all of the women in the audience revert back to their Middle School days.

It made me want to vomit at some of the things that she was trying to pimp (yes, in many ways I see Oprah as a pimp to the middle American woman of the self-love gospel so I am using that word correctly). While I wasn't surprise to see a O's guide to life as an item on her list (since Oprah actual favorite thing is herself), I had to ask myself does anyone really need the following:

    Oprah's giving the most expensive gift in Oprah's Favorite Things history to her loyal viewers in Macon—LG HDTV Refrigerator LSC27991. It's a top-of-the-line, high-tech entertainment center with a LCD TV, DVD hookup, radio and slideshow option to display your favorite digital photos.

    With the press of a button, you can also access your five-day weather forecast and view more than 100 built-in recipes. LG has even volunteered to remove our lucky audience members' old fridges and either recycle them or give them to families in need. "LG has literally thought of everything!" Oprah says.

    Approximate value: $3,799 (here is a link to the rest of the list)

Now, I know it would be nice to have all of this but does someone actually need it. We may want it but do we need it. I saw a post recently but a guy named Joe Sangl who talked about wants versus needs. He might be a little too dogmatic but I like generally like he says.

We all get to a point where we are fed up and sacrifice one thing in favor of another or a higher cause. No matter what we all need to ask ourselves these two questions:
  1. What are the things we truly need or I will literally die (think food, shelter, etc.)?
  2. What are things I only want and don't actually "need"?
This type of thinking can also be attributed to actions as well. People say that we "need" sex but I did live for 25 years without it. A good rule of thumb is if an infant (or child) does not need to keep breathing, then perhaps we don't need it either. I'm not saying that we should be poor hobos living in a van down by the river but I think all of us are living like kings and never stop to ask are the things I truly need to get through the day. If you actually buy one of Oprah's favorite things, that might be a good sign.


Anonymous said...

If we had that refrigerator, my son, Ryan, would never move from in front of it. He'd be too ingrossed with ANYTHING playing on it. Even it it was the Weather Channel.

He's a bad enough pantry shark as it is. As scrawny as he is, I don't understand... :)

Joseph Sangl said...

I may be too dogmatic about it, but ... I'm not BROKE anymore!!! :)

Thanks for the link!

Sandy said...

Did you see her behind the scenes from Macon show yesterday? She explains that the whole point is HOPE. Anyway...

By the way, my daughter went to HS with Andrew Osenga in Normal, IL!!

Love your open heart...

Sandy Adams