resist" for Spirit of the Poor.
Resist. That really is a first world dilemma. We have the right and ability to resist many material things and yet large corporations would rather that we didn't resist. They would rather that we spend ever last dollar on their products. On one shoulder we have a little voice telling us to "buy buy buy" and on the other shoulder we have the little voice shouting "no! resist resist resist" And it isn't just material products, there are foods and beverages that fall into this too. On one had women are supposed to be stick thin because that is some weird ideal and on the other hand we are also supposed to be eating all the fast food our hearts desire because the commercials tell us so.
Honestly I can't keep up with all the crazy commercials these days. If I happen to be watching a program on network television I mute the commercials immediately. And that is my right. I must say that watching the muted commercials is still rather horrifying. There are some weird products out there these days, all of which are quite unnecessary. I am pretty confident in my resistance capabilities against commercials.
But again this is all just a first world problem. If I lived somewhere out in the third world I would have far less opportunities to have to resist or need to resist. If I lived in a hut where I had to walk for miles to collect safe drinking water I doubt that I would be pondering if I really needed to buy a flat screen TV or those McDonald's $1 menu items that look so tasty in the commercials.
I think I would be hoping my children make it to adulthood. Or praying for enough food to get us through the week. The word resist is a luxury of those of us who live in the first world and have time to think about such things.