Are you trying to keep up with society’s latest toys? Are you trying to keep up with everyone else who has anything that is supposedly valued higher than what you have? Every day the media breaks out with “The new must have gadget,” or “The new faster, smarter, invisible, time traveling car of the future.” Billion dollar corporations are persuading our society to live beyond our means with advertisements and sleazy sales pitches. Every time Samsung releases a new phone LeBron James will jump from the half court line and break the backboard with a spectacular dunk then answer his Samsung Note 3. Now it’s imperative that we all must have the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 because last year’s edition, LeBron could only jump from the free throw line but this year… My question is where does it end? Are we all going to be on our self-messaging lazy boy’s, watching our 99 inch smart TV’s flipping the channels when we see Ashton Kutcher jump out of a Jet with nothing but his trusty Nikon Camera that just so happens to double as a parachute? Or will we be at home without a car, sitting in the dark, with no cable and no cell reception because we just had to have “IT?” We as hardworking Americans need to do some hard thinking about the decisions we make and why we are making those decisions. We need to find self-happiness in the life that we have instead of trying to buy it with the latest gadget. I am not saying never buy anything over mediocre. I’m not suggesting that we all trade in our houses and cars for horses and caves. I am only entertaining the possibility that maybe we don’t need everything we desire and that maybe our desires are being purchased by expensive marketing schemes.