I HATE INFLATION
Re: Cartoon, Lethbridge Herald, December 16
So penny will be history. When I arrived in Canada, a cup of coffee cost only ten of those. I hate inflation that made penny obsolete. Money becomes cheaper, so does savings. So why save, they say. I don’t understand why a bit of inflation is better than deflation. I hate anything that diminishes the value of real things.
Inflation is not only about money. The other day I tried to fly to Toronto with the points I earned with a frequent flyers’ program. I had to add more money to the accumulated credit, which had been enough to fly to Tokyo and back only two years ago. I felt lied to. No wonder people do not save any more. They say that borrow money to buy now and pay later is cheaper.
Another kind of inflation I hate is one with language. What should be enough to say “nice” must now be “awesome” to mean the same thing. What belonged to the divine, the word like “absolutely” is now a substitute for a mere “yes.” Only God was “forever”, but now it’s diamond. A sales clerk is now called an “associate.” With an enhanced title like that, one should expect an enhanced status. But it’s not the case. “Associates” are not even allowed to unionize.
Coca Cola created an image of a fat bearded man in red for Santa Claus about a century ago. He appears at every shopping mall, and changed a symbol of charity and love of an old saint who lived in Turkey into a gimmick to sell merchandise. I hate inflation. Bring back the original Saint Nicholas who loved the poor who had no money to buy presents.
I guess I have to change with the time and stop ranting like this. But I am an old retired bag of air, who still cherish old values, like beauty, charity, fairness, love, and simplicity. They are not pennies. I just wish that inflation will not diminish those important values into irrelevance.