Happy Plastic People

October 14th, 2010

This is part of the American family panorama that greets you when you walk in our local Old Navy. There was an archetypal dog too, but I couldn’t fit it in the photo. I think the mannequins are supposed to represent a NAFTA version of “It’s a Small World,” but it seemed instead just a creepy, plastic paean to outsourced crap clothing, which of course I purchased. It’s such an eerie contrast to the book I’m reading now–A Blue Fire by James Hillman–which is soaked in soul and the poetic basis of mind. Given that I have Saturn (earthbound, hard reality) and Neptune (mystical, imaginative dreamer) in my natal sign, it’s no wonder that I’m sometimes on the front lines of the war between the material world and the life of the soul–tying myself down with Stuff instead of flying with angels. Often in the past few years, I’ve felt as ossified and imprisoned as these plastiques, but I’m fascinated that at a time when I’m trying to break that mold, I was confronted with such a literal interpretation of it. There are messages everywhere we look, if we only look.

5 Responses to “Happy Plastic People”

  1. What do you think you’re seeking in the purchases? Comfort? Validation? Transformation? Reward? Power or status? Pleasure of the object or pleasure of the experience of shopping?

    Maybe you’re not as plastic as you think you are. Maybe because you’re spiritual, you worry too much about being plastic. : )

  2. Wiccan Forum says:

    Merry Meet. I really think so too. I have been browsing around the web for a while today, and its kinda hard to find something interesting to read on blogs:P Maybe its because there are too much of them around =) But your site actually keeps catching my attention=) Great posts, and kawai design ^__^. Ill be sure to give it more visits from now on .

  3. nikki says:

    I don’t think it’s all bad…loving beauty is a good thing, but having to possess it not so much. Maybe I’m trying to buy distraction and forgetfulness.

  4. steph says:

    Your images are terrific, and this is one of the best — Those guys always give me the heebiegeebies. As does the pervasive dirty sock smell in Old Navy, but yes, I buy the crap too. Will check out the Hillman book. Sounds like a shopping antidote.

  5. Reminds me of some long-ago friends who had a set of these in their living room. They would change the clothes and accessories with the season and it was always sort of fun, although they had a housekeeper who was freaked out by it and finally quit.

    Funny how I knew the instant the image popped up that it was Old Navy…..now *that* is marketing for you!

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