And has anyone noticed that there are like 3,000 different coke and pepsi products?! I've seen coke with vitamins, pepsi with ginseng, caffeine free diet cherry vanilla coke with splenda, wtf? That or the absolutely absurd explosion of "energy" drinks in the past few years. There are whole cooler-door sized sections of energy drinks now at the store. They all taste like shit and make me feel like I'm about to have a heart attack (I'll admit I've tried Redbull a couple times). It must be a new niche market targeted at all the meth-heads that can't score any of their nasty drug. 7-11 is now selling "energy coffee." Jesus! Where does it stop, why do we all have to be cracked out to the nth degree? Yuk, I'm going to go drink some water now...
On a side note, the irritation that I'm venting has to do with the apathetic decline of American society, unwilling to educate itself any further than the rudimentary education provided by our flagging public school system. It's no wonder there's so much depression and disease. Could it be that self-education is a relic and BS PR has got us all drinking soda thinking it's good for us? Hello adult onset diabetes! Adam Selzer of Norfolk and Western sums it up nicely in the song "A Gilded Age"
It's entertainment, for all, and that's all we want.
Though we all know this is the gilded age,
well, the new king's court is in your home.
We can't deny the trends,
there's nothing to defend.
Ignore your neighbors, on all sides.
I won't watch the wars,
it's easy to ignore,
as long as I am still the favorite son-in-law.
Or this, by Professor Alexander Tyler,
"The average age of the world's great civilizations has been two hundred years. These nations have progressed through the following sequence: from bondage to spiritual faith, from spiritual faith to great courage, from courage to liberty, from liberty to abundance, from abundance to selfishness, from selfishness to complacency from complacency to apathy, from apathy to dependency, from dependency back to bondage."