Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Dallas: The Wal-Mart of Life

I was smoking my pipe last night and talking with Heidi and I had this thought about Dallas. Dallas is the one-stop shop for life. Why should anyone ever go, well, anywhere? When we go to Wal-Mart, we go because it is convenient, or as Brian Manning would say, "efficient" to shop at Wal-Mart. We go there because we have filled our day with too many things to take time out of our day or week to go multiple places to buy our "essentials."

In many ways, Dallas is like that: want to go climbing? we have an indoor wall for that, want to go scuba diving? we have a pool and a pond where we sank statues of sharks and boats, want to experience other cultures? go to downtown Dallas or Fort Worth and eat at a restaurant of some foreign ethnicity. Nevermind that the entire place is covered in concrete, asphalt, power lines and lights. Nevermind that you are incapable of seeing a clear starry sky any night of the year. If you ever start to miss seeing trees just go to the zoo, they have a few set up there for the exotic animals that absolutely love being hand-fed everyday.My push here is to get everyone to move to Dallas; in the same way we are unwilling to make sacrifices in our daily lives to help the environment, promote small business, or live in community with others because there might be a few inconveniences or some inefficiencies, for these same reasons everyone should move to Dallas. By doing so, you don't have to risk anything to go anywhere or experience anything, there is a mini-version of just about anything you want to do right here. Thats the esiest, most convenient thing to do; is it not?

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