The “fix it” mentality versus the “discard” mentality

Somewhere along the way in history, society has shifted from the “fix it” mentality to this new “discard” mentality. This does not simply apply to one aspect of life, it has taken over all aspects of life. When a relationship becomes difficult, people are quick to call it quits. Rather than sharpening blades, people will buy new knives. A car break down and the owner would rather buy a new one than fix the old one. Where did this come from?

Products used to be manufactured with the intent to last. Now, goods are manufactured in the cheapest possible manner, with no intention that the product will actually last. Whatever the product may be, the manufacturers look at this as opportunity to make additional money off of consumers. Once the product breaks, the consumer will be forced to spend more money on another product.

Marriage used to be forever. They were for better or worst, ’til death do we part. Now, people are running around working on their fourth, fifth, and sixth marriages. The U.S. divorce statistics for 2014 show that between 40-50% of first time marriages end in divorce. Those same statistics state that subsequent marriages carry an even higher divorce rate. The reality of this is disheartening. How can little girls across the nation dream of their wedding day when the inevitability of it ending in divorce hovers over that marriage dream? It is almost safe to say that we might as well teach our daughters that after they dream up their “perfect” wedding day, go ahead and imagine the details of your divorce. Then again, that would mean embracing a “discard” mentality.

Rather than accepting this new mentality of discarding (or quitting), lets all get back to the core of things and fix this mess. Teach our children to take care of the things they have. Teach them that if they are going to do something, do it correctly (no half-ass work). Teach them about respect, love, and humility. Teach them that quitters never win, and winners never quit. Hell, just teach your children! Stop eavesdropping on your neighbors, or gossiping about others. Do not let society teach them for you because you may be sickened by the lesson that is out there.

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