Deprogrammed Engagement


As of late there have been a few posts on the latest, not really that late, craze of the media, mostly movies and the oh so hip network or two, ramming female sjw crap down viewers throats. I ranted about it at Blue's and the cat and Pat doesn't go on repeat like a certain Penwasser might. But I will say that I think it is stupid when they go all gender swapping movies. I think remakes in general are unnecessary and a cash grab to begin with. If you want to make a movie with all females or female driven, great! Alien and Aliens are prime examples. Buffy and Xena are a couple more. Maybe not so much the latter seasons of the former. All not remakes, at least I think. Everything is a rip off of something if you look hard enough. (Yeah, one movie to tv, but meh, movie sucked anyway.) And all not gender swapped. And none rammed it down your throat every two seconds that the lead was a woman. Unless one is blind and deaf, we can tell. What next? The sky is blue? Water is wet? Ice is slippery? 2 comes after 1? Hey, some may need to be told that too.

WAIT! Not going on about that. Well maybe I am, but in a way that you might not expect. For as much as the sjw go on about it and others go on about them going on about it, both (the others in particular as many a sjw get on an issue and hound it to death, so their tunnel vision may excuse them a bit) don't even wake up and realize that they are programmed by much of the same BS. It is just that this BS doesn't ra ra ra in your face and treat the viewer like a 2 year old needing everything explained to them. Nope. This BS is far far more sneaky. Don't believe that you are programmed to get screwed, and not in a fun way, with what you watch and see? Let's see if we can't break that programming with part one of our deprogramming series.

Engagement rings

You've seen it in many many movies and tv shows. You love when they get down on one knee and propose or go through some elaborate oh so romantic way to do it. You love it because that is the way it's always been. That is the way it must be. After all, diamonds are forever, diamonds are rare, diamonds are worth a lot...Do you smell the BS yet? Let me help.

It wasn't until the late 1930's that diamond engagement rings were even a thing. A certain company slapped a few ads up and our grandparents, or maybe great grandparents, or maybe great great grandparents(hey, some could be older than dirt) lapped it up, becoming the first engagement ring lackeys. They started the trend of paying 1000s for a shiny rock, or hunk of carbon, however you want to look at it. Had to keep up with Aunt Ruth, Cindy Lou down the street, and Bobby Joe Jim Bob the pen pal from 1000 miles away. Two months salary is the constant. Wait. Wasn't it one month? Oh, the diamond company CEOs need a third yacht, better make it two in the next ad. After all, that is how you get the girl and make all envious. The gold digging, look at me, look at me girl. And don't forget, that is how you know you have a great husband. He'll put you in debt thousands before you're even married so you get a shiny rock. You'll have one like all the others and be oh so...rare? Hmmm, do you own a dictionary? May want to look that up.

But but but they are rare. I don't need to look. They are rare. They are!

Maybe if you are bad at math. How many people are in the world? Near 8 billion now? And how many more have come and gone over the years? Lets go with lots because I want to be lazy at math like engagement ring lackeys too. So if millions have become engagement ring lackeys and there are hundreds upon hundreds upon hundreds of stores with dozens upon dozens of diamonds in them all over the world, did we miss the meaning of rare? Here, I'll be like one of those cringeworthy shows and spell it out for you.

Rare: not found in large numbers and consequently of interest or value.

Hmmm. Yeah, that can't possibly apply. Millions isn't a large number. That font is so big it has to be lying. I mean it is underlined. A clear sign of trying too hard. There are far less than rocks on the ground. That has to make it rare. It has to. Where's my shiny rock? Its forever.

Diamonds are forever. Does it hurt your brain to think about how stupid that sounds? Are you still blinded by the shiny rock? If I told you bananas are forever, would you agree then? Nope, as that isn't oh so romantic. Well guess who made sure you believe it is romantic? Any guesses? No, it wasn't Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny doing the hula. Of course if you believe diamonds are forever then you can catch that show in your backyard tonight. Go stand very still and they'll be there. I promise. It has to be true as I just said it here. Right? Damn, I forgot the catchy font, bright colors, models, and $100,000 a second ad space. Guess Santa and the Easter Bunny are going to have to hula somewhere else.

But why forever? Forever is a fun word. Forevermore. Forever and ever. Forever and a day. Forever Young. Get it? Forever makes it seem like you won't croak one day. Who really wants to think about that? And who really wants to think about ending a relationship and having to sell your shiny rock only to find out there are millions upon millions of them rendering your oh so shiny rock with no intrinsic value. Yeah, that's no fun. It's more fun to forever get screwed by a slogan for a shiny rock.

But even after reading this will you be deprogrammed? Probably not. Why? Because you can surf the channels and find a dozen movies, shows, ads, etc. that all perpetuate your oh so solid belief right now. It has to be true. They say it on TV. It must. Look, so and so is going to pop the question. Look at that big rock. He must have spent...Nope. More BS. Sorry. He spent absolutely nothing on that shiny rock because he is FAKE! You got that? Do I need to say it again? FAKE! And guess what? That shiny rock was probably either bought with a few thousand out of a million budget or loaned to the studio as a means of...wait for it...wait for it...advertising. Or, my engagement ring lackey, the ring is fake.

But the fake character said he spent thousands on a fake ring. It can't be true. It can't be.

Thus the can't be remains ingrained in your head all because of our gullible grandparents, great grandparents, or great great grandparents buying the shit they were selling, which is just how the diamond companies, or maybe just a certain company, wants it to stay. And people have the nerve to make fun of a cat for chasing a red dot that costs $5? Who's the real sucker? At least the cat gets exercise. Right. Your ring finger gains strength from holding a shiny rock that's oh so forever. That is oh so important. What? That forever banana is backing you up? Okay, you can go now. But just know that they make pills for that.

Are you satisfied to continue to get what rhymes with ducked by greedy corporations over a shiny little no intrinsic value rock? Don't you love the media? Would you rather the sjw scream in your face or be screwed from behind by corporations? Kinda funny how only the things they can shove in your face gets harped on, huh? But then again they could start whining how only the man proposes in most shows and movies. That is soooo bad after all. Pfffft. See you next time...

Wait! I have to clarify. Some may get lost. This post was written by a male without any shiny rocks. Damn, if only I was a female with a shiny rock on my finger, then I would be able to deprogram all. Guess I'll have to wait 6 months and gender swap the post. See ya then. In the meantime keep those shiny rocks a shining.

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    1. I think I heard ring buying today should follow the 2 months salary rule. Wow, who came up with that one? I guess rules are made to be broken and should or you might really go broke.

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    2. On top of the crop

      Who came up with that? The company that sells them in an ad. And people bought it hook, line, and sinker.

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  2. Oh, the expectations we're cursed to follow and believe. They seem to get more and more expensive. Big rock, big wedding, big reception, big honeymoon, and then have to pay it off. Ouch.

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    1. Ouch indeed. By the time you are done paying for all of that you could have bought a house mortgage free. In some cases.

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  3. when I hear the amount of money spent on engagements, weddings, the whole show - it's mind boggling. I admit I like my shiny diamond bauble - it's not huge, just right but I guess I've bought into the sentiment of forever. Otherwise, we did the Justice of the Peace ceremony and just had a huge party. It will be 30 years in Sept.
    Diamonds - shiny and pretty. Don't go into debt for it....
    And I like movies starring females, starring old gals, etc - but I want it to be worthy.
    Frankly - Wonder Woman - awesome. The ladies in Wakanda/ Black Panther kicked ass. There has to be a reason. And there's plenty of talent in Hollywood - just don't shut out the ladies or pay less.....that's my view.

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    1. Your way sounds way better and cheaper indeed. Don't go into debt sure is the way. Yeah, Wonder Woman and the ladies in Black Panther(they stole the show) were done great. No ramming anything down your throat. Don't shut them out and pay the same should be the way.

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  4. I found the diamond ring info particularly interesting because I was in a quandary awhile back about what engagement ring to use in the 1800s. Since I didn't know when diamonds came about as engagement rings, I just went with a plain gem stone. Now thanks to you, I know it was 1930ish:)

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    1. It was 1938 to be precise. Only the really rich ever used them before that.

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  5. Ahh yes, the engagement ring...we are to put that in a stocking as a stocking stuffer...not toothpaste or socks but a diamond ring. If a woman gets sullen when she doesn’t get the ring she wants because it’s too small or the wrong style, run, run, run! It’s so stupid and the big stor s and mines make money.

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    1. Yep, run far far far away. Stupid is the size of it as they take your money.

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  6. I love seeing diamonds and other gorgeous gemstones in a museum, but I can think of far better things to spend money on than a rock for one's finger. Two months' salary on a ring??? Gross or take-home ~ That might make a difference! LOL

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    1. lol sure would make a bit of a difference indeed. The diamond companies would say prefer gross. a 4th yacht that way.

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  7. Daisy's rings were very inexpensive compared to what most people spend. Some guys are dumb enough to let the girl pick the ring.

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  8. You deserve a shiny rock, great post!

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  9. I have heard about the history of diamond engagement rings beginning in the 1930's. My grandparents on both sides were married in the 1910's - 1920's and one did have a diamond engagement ring and the other had an amethyst ring. It does seem dumb to spend huge amounts on a ring, but most folks spend more money on a cell phone that they only use for two years than the cost of my ring, so I don't feel too bad.

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    1. I guess they go with when it caught on more? Goes to show they didn't need advertising. haha that is true. People buy the same thing over and over every 2 years. Stupid to shell it out on a phone too.

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  10. Deprograms on TV are really not the best but shiny things do ring true sometimes!

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  11. I'm not sure where my engagement ring is these days. I did like it, it didn't set my hubby back too much financially but nowadays and for years I haven't worn any rings, not even a wedding band. I'm married. I don't need to show it to the world. Keep it simple and debt free if you are going to get one. That's my philosophy.

    betty

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    1. Simple and debt free sure is the best way indeed.

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  12. Engagement is as equally costing as the wedding itself, anymore. Gee. Some of the engagement rings today are blinding. I guess I wouldn't say no to one.... :)

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    1. Yep, double up your expenses these days indeed.

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  13. Ken and I never wanted to spend huge amounts of money on rings or a wedding. So we didn't get married and put that money towards our daughter. Been together for almost 29 years now. We do what we want and aren't pressured into rings and costly weddings.

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    1. Sounds like the best way indeed. Bet your daughter is happy she got the $$$ spent on her.

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  14. Whoa. I'm gone for a few weeks, and you have a new pad! I like the looks of it! Yeah. Engagement rings. Not worth the money especially if you end up divorcing down the road.

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    1. Yeah, switched it about a few weeks back. Yep, divorce sure lets it ring true how not worth the money they are.

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  15. this is just one of the reasons why the dood I lived with for 25 years; we never married

    expense of marriage = bigger expense of divorce = major pain in the ass for all concerned
    in the end

    and in the end he went his way and I went mine, the only thing it cost us, was the Uhauls
    to cart furniture

    { if you really want to look at deprogram; look at the cost and how to's for funerals....when dad died I was like are you F'in kidding me.... and I need to shut up or I'll never quit ~~~~~~

    ♥♥

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    1. Yep, major pain in the ass indeed. Uhauls aren't a bad cost for 25 years haha oh, don't worry. I have a funeral one coming up too. Giant rip off.

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  16. I didn't think the last Ghostbuster movie had the same zip as it did with the original cast.

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    1. Yeah, it was crap. They just tried to hit the same beats and it failed miserably.

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  17. I wouldn't spend a lot on engagements rings but if one can afford them, why not. I prefer splurging on home improvements. Cool stuff Pat.

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    1. True, if one has money to burn, why not indeed. Better than never using it and croaking. Home improvements are better indeed.

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  18. I have a lovely little ring with three tiny diamonds that we could afford. Have had it for many years. We were young and just out of school, not much money. The ring was exactly what I wanted.

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    1. Getting exactly and not going into debt is double the win.

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  19. My husband did buy me a shiny rock, but I evened it out with a "hey, the courthouse can marry us today" wedding. No dress, no fancy church, no reception. Just had our 16 year anniversary last Sunday, so whatever works, huh?

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    1. Yeah, whatever works indeed. Courthouse is the way to go.

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  20. Buying a reasonable and fairly priced ring can at least be the first agreement for a young couple to make. The marriage can then be expected to be able to survive smoothly through the years for them to be able to agree on many things

    Hank

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    1. True, if they can agree on that at first then there is lots of hope indeed. Geez, I think that is the longest comment from you ever haha

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  21. Oh well I dont had an engagement ring Pat, only the ribgs when we married. And was ok. dont worry me.
    I want you know I had a terrible fall about 3 weeks ago and for this I can't coming Im better but I had a fisure in my shoulder. hugs

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    1. Married to the one you want is the main thing. Ouch, hopefully you are feeling better and get full well soon. Injuries suck all around.

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  22. Ah, you are so smart and wiser than your years. :)

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    1. Not that young though, so like a 80 year old? Feel it many a day haha

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  23. I bought a piece of Fool's Gold last summer when we visited a cave in Ohio. $2.50, and that's a cool shiny rock. I see them a lot less than diamonds, so maybe they are 'rare?' :)

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    1. Hmmm maybe they are more rare. Who's the fool then?

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