I have a few family members over, and I was asking my mother where she was planning to take them. I imagined CN tower would be on the list, maybe the harborfront, but what I didn’t expect was, Yorkdale Mall, figured high on the list as well. I was surprised. For a second, I wondered, what had happened to society, to result in malls being a major tourist destination.
I remembered back to the last few times, people have come to visit from the Middle East and India, and every time, they have gone to Eaton’s Centre, and Yorkdale Mall, as well as Costco, to get a feel for what Canada is all about. It is something that is laughable, but unfortunately, it is true. Our tourist destinations instead of being museums, and art galleries, are turning into malls and big-box stores.
I asked my friend this question, When did this happen? When did malls become a major tourist destination? And he replied, same time when what you wear became more important than your health. He told me a story about a friend of his who was speaking about a niece that she was worried about. The niece apparently was doing cocaine and his friend was worried about her. But then she said, I am going to take the girl shopping, because she dresses as a slut and that is really the most important thing to deal with right now, with regards to her.
My friend was obviously flabbergasted, but this is what our society is coming to. It is becoming a society where the size of your bank account is more important than your personality. Where your wardrobe is more important than your health. Where our malls are more important than the museums. Where we care more about what is on our phones, than what is in our food. The list can go on and on, but I am sure you get the idea.
It isn’t all pessimistic, things are slowly changing. Moving towards caring about the actual important things in life, like family, friends, love, spirit and health. It will take time, but it will happen. I’m sure of it. I have to believe that in my heart, otherwise, it does get a bit disheartening at times.