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Comparison-Making in the New Millennium

Aug 18, 2007
Making comparisons is one of the tendencies of human nature. After all, everything is relative. As the old adage goes, "beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder". But how would one decide what is beautiful without first having made up our minds as to what is not? Making comparisons is our permanent hobby -- taller, fatter, prettier, smarter, are all words that we have learned in our early days in school. The "superlative" is what we keep on looking out for. Every one of us wants the best. We want to be the best. We want to own the best. And that is the attitude that we take with us each time we go shopping.

Each time we go out grocery shopping, we pick out fruits and vegetables that appear fresh. We assume that this is an indicator of their delicious taste. We hope to get greater quantities for lesser amounts of money. After all, even in our search for the best we want to get the best value for our money's worth. Similarly, when we go shopping for clothes, most of us like to stick to brands and stores that have proven to us that they embody good service. We look for durability and style in every piece of clothing that we select. If we are paying good money for something, we would like it to last for ever and ever, and look good. We are trying to unearth the best among a million things that are only run of the mill.

Of course, shopping is not merely limited to clothes and groceries. There are many other things that we shop for. What about the house that you purchased some time ago? Didn't you look around for the ideal house that would look good, be spacious, have a great view, and be easily accessible? Then, after having found the perfect house, did you not scour financial companies for great loans and mortgages to assist you in buying your house?

Making comparisons is essential if one is looking for the best bargains. For instance, you might look around extensively before you decide on the laptop that you should be buying. But what about the credit card that you will be paying for it with? What are the facilities that it offers you? If your answer is "no", maybe it is time for you to scour the markets and compare great credit cards before you make that final decision.

There is no way out of this. If you want to have the best of everything, you have to get rid of all the rubbish first.
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