ChoiceS OpenTrackback Weekend

…it is now possible to buy no fewer than 38 types of milk. Some of it is flavoured with strawberry, banana or Belgian chocolate; some has active bacterial flora; some has extra omega-3; and some, quite possibly, is a bit like the white, plain, unmuckedabout-with, milk-flavoured stuff we all used to drink happily in the days before we turned into paranoid health freaks.
The tyranny of choice: Do we really need 38 types of milk?

And that’s before you get to the aisle with 154 flavours of jam, or the one with 107 varieties of pasta.

..Consider, too, the spectacular variety of TV programmes we can flick through now that most of us have cable.

..remember when telephones were a state monopoly and it used to take three months to get a new one installed? – but it is also a wholly natural one. As scientific studies have shown, humankind cannot bear too much variety.

..First, it puts an enormous burden on people to gather information so that they can make a good decision,’ he says. ‘Who has the time to find the best digital camera, the best phone plan, the best retirement plan and the best school for their kids? Nobody.’

In a busy, accelerating world, we haven’t time for all this pointless decision-making. Give us three types of brilliant olive oil, not 300 mediocre ones.

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Dang. All the choices give me a headache.
And I thought it was just me
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Do ya want the orange juice organic or regular, with or without calcium, pulp, no pulp, a little pulp. Help!

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Do ya want the herbal variety toothpaste with the added fluoride, or perhaps the cavity-busting fancy shamcy alternative with baking soda or howzabout those flavor crystals eh.

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Don’t even get me started on jeans.
Ya gotcher slim fit, relaxed fit, baggy or even extra baggy.

The there’s stone-washed, acid-washed or the latest and greatest: distressed.
Someone tell me how jeans can be um..‘distressed.’ sighani.gif
And of course would ya prefer the button-fly or zipper-fly… faded or regular?

Truth is that having too many choices also can lead people to make quick,simple, snap judgments just to avoid the hassle of wading through all those confusing options.

Let’s be honest.
Too many selections can produce paralysis, not freedom.

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Sweet friends.
Sometimes, less really is more.

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68 Responses to “ChoiceS OpenTrackback Weekend”

  1. Neil says:

    You said it, Angel! There are just too many options for us. Just trying to find the right kind of OJ for my wife stresses me out (no pulp, vitamin D & calcium, fresh squeezed, etc.)

  2. American Crusader says:

    Hi Angel!
    Hope you had a great forth.
    I’ve always been a Levi 501 fan.

  3. Incognito says:

    On the one hand it’s great to be able to get what you need.. and yet, as you say too many choices can be mind-numbing. Less is best, in most everything in life.

  4. Philip Bryant says:

    You are Sooooo cute…(-:

    Really, I think this is a cool site, so feminine…I almost fancy you!

    BTW, thanks for your comment on my blog, very much appreciated.

    I would trawl thro your links, but I fear I may get lost in Chocolate Land (do you actually visit ‘em all?).

    Woman Honor Thyself?

    Abso-f***ing-lutely!

    Rock-on, girl…(-:

  5. Faultline USA says:

    Yes and when it comes to too many options let’s remember the July 4th holiday – or is that the July 4th month? Out here in the country I’ve had the pleasure of listening to fireworks daily/nightly since Memorial Day! Seems like everyone has chosen a different day to celebrate.

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  7. The Florida Masochist says:

    I team= Internet( Idiot) team…

    Cyber stalking from your home computer is not very smart….

  8. stikNstein....has no mercy says:

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  11. cube says:

    I agree. Myself, I like the motto, “Less is more.”

    Happy Friday!

  12. The Amboy Times says:

    The Root Cause of Terrorism…

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  13. Panhandle Poet says:

    I’ve learned in sales that sometimes you have to help the customer make a decision among all of the choices and options. “Based on your business model, etc…I would recommend you go with the ……” It works almost every time.

  14. Defiant_Infidel says:

    It’s all so overwhelming. If only “they” would create a government agency to tell us which is the correct choice…

  15. Public Eye says:

    Al Qaeda using zombies to fight…

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  16. Stanford Matthews says:

    toothpaste
    why do i have to spend ten minutes in the store trying to find a tube of the damn stuff i bought last time?

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  18. bernie says:

    Not for me. I’m a plain guy. I ignore all those selections and just settle down with a decent cup of Almond & vanilla flavoured Quadruple espresso, Irish Creme syrup with a touch of caramel, semi-sweet chocolate & steamed milk topped with foamed half & half with nutmeg sprinkled on top.

  19. John Kaiser says:

    wow. 38 types of milk and still none I would want to drink…lol.

  20. OMMAG says:

    Have a beer for freedom and spit the eye of the Goat Herd Savages!

    It’s Friday! Cheers!

  21. Debbie says:

    I like choices. Lots of them. Don’t want to be like the USSR was years ago, basically NO choices.

  22. Planck's Constant says:

    Islam to West: It\’s not you it\’s me…

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  23. Jungle Mom says:

    This is too funny! I just posted on my shopping problems after less than a week in country after 20 years in Venezuela. Sensory overload!!!

  24. Faultline USA says:

    America’s Jihad Sympathizers…

    The motivations of America’s jihad sympathizers, who are hell-bent on dragging us all into their cultural suicide schemes, needs a much deeper examination….

  25. Gayle says:

    Hi Angel. I’m a bit late getting here but late is better than never…. I hope! :)

    Jungle Mom wrote a great post about shopping after arriving back in the states from Venezuela. I know she was thrilled though, to have more choices than turkey necks (rech!), ham hocks or soup bones.

    Face creams. There are too many different kinds of face creams! It’s enough to drive you insane. Shampoo, rinse. laundry detergent, everything! I hate to shop!

  26. Dragon Lady's Den says:

    Another Attack on Freedom of Speech. BOO!…

    The organization that oversees high school sports in Washington is considering rules for fans that could ban booing and offensive chants….

  27. Gayle says:

    By the way, Angel, please send me an e-mail. I tried to e-mail you and it came back to me as undeliverable.

  28. dapoppins says:

    I give my toddler two choices only. This or that. Any thing more and it is temper tantrum time. Me, I like choices…even if I can never choose.

  29. Yankee Doodle says:

    “It’s all so overwhelming. If only “they” would create a government agency to tell us which is the correct choice… “

    Agreed, DI. And that means there’s just one thing to do:

    HILLARY FOR PRESIDENT!!!

    ROFL

  30. Frasypoo says:

    So true…too many choices and you always make the worst one!!
    the one about fashion is very,very true…they cost about $200 each and when you buy them along comes another fashion!!

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  33. No Apology says:

    Blame Mr. Rogers…

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  34. Terry_Jim says:

    I gotta say,
    I would much rather have too much choice
    than too little,
    or a mandated number of toothpaste or tourque wrench choices.
    The ‘invisible hand’ of the free market is the most efficient way to distribute resources across needs. The chaotic appearance of freedom is a beautiful thing, boil it down to the buyer and seller conducting a mutually beneficial trade each time an item is purchased.

    It can be daunting to find thebest choice,
    As Devo sang;

    “Then if you got it you dont want it
    Seems to be the rule of thumb
    Dont be tricked by what you see
    You got two ways to go

    Ill say it again in the land of the free
    Use your freedom of choice
    Freedom of choice

    Freedom of choice
    Is what you got
    Freedom of choice!

    In ancient rome
    There was a poem
    About a dog
    Who found two bones
    He picked at one
    He licked the other
    He went in circles
    He dropped dead

    Freedom of choice,
    Is what you got,
    Freedom fromchoice,
    Is what you want”.

    There are many good choices on the menu, at the market, pick one.
    It doesn’t have to be the best, good is good enough in most of the products you mentioned.

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  40. The Florida Masochist says:

    The Knucklehead of the Day award…

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  44. Layal says:

    I love making choices and have a wide selection to chose from. I love the pictures in this post and they depict the sentiment this post conveys completely. On that note enjoy your weekend and be blessed – and that is not a choice it is a mandate! :)

  45. Laya says:

    Looks like I oppsed on my name…lol. Sorry.

  46. Donald Douglas says:

    I’m late to this thread. Wanted to wish you a great weekend!

  47. brooke says:

    Boatloads of choices don’t bother me. I’ll buy what I like, and if one of those 38 types of milk doesn’t sell well, ‘they’ will just stop making it!

  48. Martin says:

    Many in our generation probably don’t even know that milk comes from cows. Of course, that’s to be expected given the fact that most people polled on the street by Sean Hannity didn’t even know why we celebrate the 4th of July. :p

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  53. Lady Jane says:

    Great, fantastic post Angel! So very true. And I think it is insane that we can have so many channels but still find nothing good on! :)

  54. Planck's Constant says:

    Liberalism causes stupidity and blindness…

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  60. kevin says:

    I’m going to have to disagree Angel, I like the choices. And too many choices is far better thsn limited choices.

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  62. The Florida Masochist says:

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