Feb 18th 2007 10:47AM Why is it that every time an expensive item is displayed here that some people feel the need to remind everyone that there are starving people somewhere in the world? People don't starve because someone spends $750,000 on a pen, or $750 million on something else. They starve because of oppresive governments, ignorant rebels, and just foolish decisions and priorities made by a group of people over a period of time. Keep your socio-political comments somewhere where they are applicable, and not in a thread discussing an incredible piece of craftsmanship. People throughout history have continued to reach for something bigger, better, more beautiful, a higher level of skill, etc. and it has yeilded some of mankinds most treasured and beautiful creations. What a magnificant work of art.
May 14th 2006 5:03PM I find these so-called specialist's advice just plain goofy. Anyone with common sense knows that human nature always drifts toward taking people and blessings for granted. One regular, consistent reminder a year for someone, whether it's mothers, fathers, or veterans, does not mean they aren't appreciated the rest of the year. It's a day to refresh our awareness so that we don't take them for granted more than we do already.