Think of one thing that brings you the most joy. For the sake of this post, it has to be a material thing. Visualize it now and imagine a perfect day during which you can use this item to be forever happy. Did you do it? I can tell if you are not participating. No cheating allowed. Fine, you can skip this exercise, but only if you find it really hard to think of something that brings you joy.
Once you have this particular thing in mind, picture someone walking up to you and ripping it out of your hands. You are stunned. They pull it away from you and walk away, leaving you lonely on top of a mountain with nothing but sadness.
How did that make you feel? Sad? Angry? Puzzled? Probably a mixture of both. Now, think of how this would affect a kid. You, as an adult, should be capable of processing things and recovering from your setbacks without too big of an impact. However, a child is not an adult. A kid does not understand why life and people are unfair. They do not care to understand. They are young, innocent, and gullible. Do you really want to ruin their sweet ignorance? Do they need to have their childhood be rougher than it is? Are you so bitter about your life that you want them to grow up as soon as possible and have no chance at pure joy and happiness that only a child can experience?
As I sat down to write this post, I realized that I have written quite a few posts about the fast-food companies in recent months. If you have not read it already, make sure you know what to avoid eating at Burger King if you are a vegetarian/vegan. If you believe in equality of moods, check out my article on how Burger King is helping you achieve it.
This is not because I worship them but because they just happen to be in the news a lot lately. Like it or not, they are still significant players in the lives of millions of people every day. This post is about the Big Bad Wolf (McDonald’s and Burger King) coming after our own Little Red Riding Hoods (our kids).
Even though I am all about educating our young ones and preparing them for the real world, I am very much into preserving their childhood. As an adult, I know how adulting can suck the life out of you. We all wish we could go back to being a kid with no worries every now and again. If that is the case, why do we want to drag them into OUR battle?
Two sisters, in the UK, wrote an online petition requesting McDonald’s and Burger King to remove plastic toys from their kids’ meals. Those kids are seven and nine years old and they wrote about how plastic is killing our planet. When you were their age, what was the biggest issue you were concerned with? Mine definitely did not have my macroenvironment in mind. It sounds like someone’s parents wanted five minutes of fame for their kids. It has become a rather sad trend and an ugly marketing ploy.
While Burger King got rid of the toys almost on the spot, McDonald’s did not. They allow the kids to make the decision. They can either get the toy or a bag of fruit or nothing at all, which I think is a great way to leave it up to the consumers. This has been contained to the UK market only, however, I am sure it will cross the Atlantic Ocean soon enough. The one thing that I actually got excited about when I read that article was that starting next year, one will be able to choose to receive a book instead of a toy with their meal. But what is going to happen then? How fast will someone start crying about all the trees used for all these books?
When I first heard about this initiative, I could not believe it. What makes certain causes more important than others? Why do some charities raise more money than others? Why is plastic public enemy number one? What about all the electronics? Last time I checked, those take forever to decompose and no one is trying to get rid of those. In fact, tech companies are trying to have us buy more and more. After two years, your phone gets sluggish and starts freezing. And then you have a tablet, and an e-book reader, and a laptop, and who knows what else. Of course, everyone in your family needs a separate set of all those devices that have the same functions.
What did small kids’ toys ever do to you? There are people coming for your kids’ toys. Will you stand strong and fight them or give in and have to entertain your child somehow else? If only they want back to creating quality toys instead of cheap ones that break after two minutes of playtime, then maybe there would not be as much waste?
What was the main reason for you getting a Happy Meal as a kid?
If you have kids of your own, what do you think your child likes most about Happy Meals?
What do you think about the no plastic initiative?
If it was up to you, what would you put in those Happy Meals in place of toys?
Would you be upset if people came after your most favorite thing? What is it?
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