Quite fitting is it when your personal rant becomes the topic of conversation from a perspective you never imagined. We all have personal perspectives on clearly every theme that our minds can conceive. At best, the personal rant that you thought you were spring boarding into some profound commentary on societal worldviews is pivoted by the simple and humble words of a best friend.
I was reading an article about the global consumer's report on the amount of money that was spent for October 31st, 2013, Halloween.
I really wasn't wanting to think about it, but it shocked me. In my perspective at the time, when reading the article, was blindsided by the large dollar figures that shocked me into a rant.
According to the National Retail Federation, the global community spent approximately 6.9 BILLION dollars on Halloween this year, 2013.
I started my internal rant. Do you know those types of rants? The internal ones. The ones that begin from deep within some personal conviction or personal agenda that you have and starts to blubber, boil, and percolate its way to the surface of your mental thinking procedures. Those internal rants that slowly make their way through all of your rational thought processes and invade logical brain that you thought you had and cause you to become some affectingly swash-bucking lunatic that fixates on one theme and burns all the other bridges around you. Leaving you isolated by your own rampaged ambitions, you realize that there are some truths to your own line of thought, yet in the process you only alienated yourself.
Spending 6.9 Billion dollars to celebrate one night of dressing up like your favourite superhero and raging the streets looking for Tootsie Rolls not laced with bath-salts or other potentially harmful chemical agents does seem like, to some, a great time.
"I remember my Superman outfit, with its plastic facial mask where the eye-holes were cut so sharp that they dug into your eyeballs that led to temporary blindness, along with that damn rubber-band that was stapled to the side of the plastic facial mask to somehow hold the mask on your head for the entire evening," - Jerry Seinfeld.
There we go, spending 6.9 billion dollars so that we can all act like someone else for a night, and for others, the most sincere attempts to celebrate the night of the dead and to urge those precious souls that haunt the earth to move on. If we are to spend 6.9 billion dollars on the outside monster decorations and yards of sticky cobwebs, we had better hope the souls move onward. We must, of course, be inclusive the large amounts of Brach's Pumpkins and Corn that oozes out of your teeth when you eat too many. Those pre-packaged bags of NERDS that you can buy in discount at wholesale stores also add up to the 6.9 BILLION dollars that was spent just in the year 2013 for Halloween. I had my internal rant gearing up when I thought about all of the 6.9 BILLION dollars USD that people spent to celebrate a night of dead people.
I was all hot and flustered like the night that I was at a Halloween party when I was a teenager, decked out as my favourite superhero, Batman. The mask that I had purchased was of some wicked material that made me itch, but it surely was real enough looking that I could have at least stood in for a double take for one of those Batman movies that I loved. I stood so close to the fire where my friends were cooking up s'mores, (chocolate, marshmallows, and crackers sandwiched), that the mask shrunk to my face. I had serious problems in getting the rubber mask off my face. I think that may have been the last time that I ever dressed up for Halloween at the age of 17. So, thinking of the 6.9 BILLION USD that was spent this year to celebrate the night of dead people on the 31st of October, Halloween, I got frustrated all over again, like I was trying to pull a shrunken mask off my face.
I attempted to do the rant on this entire subject with one of my best friends the other day. I gave her the disclaimer. She flat out warned me after I had given her the personal rant on 6.9 BILLION USD spent this year on Halloween.
"You have a MAC and an iPhone, right?" she gave it straight up. I responded, "yes," and then, I realized that the reverse rant was occurring.
The rant was reversed. In 2011 the average household in the United States of America spent $444.00 USD on Apple products with over 114,800,000 households in the United States of America in that same year... So, with 114,800,000 in which each household spent $444.00 uSD on Apple products, we've nailed a whopping total of $ 50,971,200,000 USD spent on Apple products in the year 2011.
While I was frustrated about people spending $6.9 BILLION USD on Halloween this year and ranted myself up to judge others for spending money on the night of the dead, I only have myself to blame.
I am at fault for contributing to the consumer slamming down over $50 BILLION USD on Apple products in one fiscal year.
Interesting how perception is held in the eyes of those who desire to see what they desperately want to see. We all intentionally push to remove the annoying speck out of the eye of our friend when we typically oversee, somehow, the massive branch of a tree in our own eye. (paraphrased from the Bible's Gospel of Matthew Chapter 7, verse 5)
What one person sees as an excess, another person sees as qualified and justified. What one sees as blue, perhaps another sees as "Aqua Ocean."
I am so grateful for the reverse rant. A reverse rant is when one, with all intention, gusts of wind, glory, and flaming convictions of personal opinion, is ready to launch the case to another individual. The reverse rant is called into action when the first ranter becomes fully aware that their personal rant really doesn't stand for any solid ground, and in reality, the reverse part of the rant is the slap in the face, reality shaker, and truth teller to help the initial ranter understand that they are not always right.
A reverse rant, while sometimes personally convicting, is always beneficial to empower us to continue to strive for the best along the journey of life in efforts to arrive at the destiny we were called to see rise up from the creation of our souls. I am grateful for those individuals in my life that will give it up for a reverse rant to help me to see the global perspective with the right perception.
So, in 2014, maybe I will dress up and go out to celebrate the old tradition of Halloween and refrain from purchasing Apple products in 2014, therefore settling the reversed rant...