Pascal Derrien

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What's The Price Tag Again?

What's The Price Tag Again?


Hmm remind me what’s the price tag again? That was the first question quickly followed by when is the sale while hello and how you doin’ came only third :-) that’s a part of a conversation I overheard in a bus recently, now I don’t take the bus very often so I should not make any generalisations but that got me thinking.

Are you one of those who is doing an adrenalin overdose when the price tag passed the 99.99 threshold? Are you one of those who eat oranges of 9 millimetres in order to squeeze into an overpriced dress? Are you one of those who think perception is reality? If you answer yes to most of these interrogations: congrats and welcome to the shiny show, a show where the money can bow and where most values are shallow!!!

Ah the numerous zombies trolling the supermarkets and Apple Stores on the look-out for the latest fashion statement, always getting the latest label that will help you not looking like an empty shell.

Ah the daddy's boys flashing their Mercedes keys at the fanciest café in town, now you need to give them some credit as they may have spent the last 30mns driving around making sure they could park their last purchase in front of your ‘’decaff skinny latte no foam favourite good for the skin beverage’’ at least that’s what they say in Grazia.

Ah the yummy mummy in her flashy SUV, you know what? They are brilliant really you don’t know how much time it takes to get this faux negligée look, always busy because it is so hard to find a good and cheap nanny.

Ah the faux-rebels sleeping in 5 star hotels they don’t like the elite but secretly and naively crave to be at their side, they write tirades about injustice but don’t mix well with the plebe unless they have to attend a fundraising charity dinner in their 5 000$ tuxedos.

Pathetic song is the audio for the gig, party line is the motto, but you know what I really don’t give a f..ck if you are looking better than your neighbour

Stop the gimmicks will you, how about you get serious about investing in yourself an area I suspect you have been more than economical with lately, you may think you cannot afford it but I would say it is probably about time you withdraw what’s left of your spare authenticity, maybe I will get your attention if I tell you I read in magazine for girly that this is a new and trendy currency.

Take a credit if you need, your time here is a loan anyway and deep down you know you won’t get too many over-drafts from the bank manager.

What would it cost you to be yourself? Sorry, I did not get it? What was the question?

What is the Price Tag again?



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Pascal Derrien

5 years ago #22

freedom or prison two sides of the same prism... thanks for your ''interest'' Deb Helfrich :-)

Pascal Derrien

5 years ago #21

#25
many thanks Aurora we can all become (fashion) victim appreciate the thumbs up 👍

Pascal Derrien

5 years ago #20

you are very welcome your higness Dean Owen ☺ there is so much projection sometimes that you dont whether to laugh or not I dont get how people can fall for that kind of stuff

Dean Owen

5 years ago #19

I love your outlook on life. This has to be my favourite buzz of yours so far. I live in a country where you can't tell the millionaire from the pauper, they all dress the same. Refreshing. I don't think the concept of "pretentious" has hit China yet although it has been in existence for decades in Hong Kong where a love of gold furnishings would put the Trump dwellings to shame.

Pascal Derrien

5 years ago #18

#16
thanks Phil Friedman indeed wanna be elites are lethal ....😏. Many thanks for dropping by and introducing Eric to the other readers

Pascal Derrien

5 years ago #17

#15
thanks Julie Hickman treatment of others and misguided individuals nice comments

Lisa Gallagher

5 years ago #16

Just for the record- for those who read too deeply into a person's comments. Pascal's buzz is a good example for me- I wrote my comment relating to life in general, not directed at anyone on social media. *Just to be clear* Many comments I write relate back to real life, not to anyone on beBee, Linkedin etc... so be careful when reading people's comments, some people take them way too seriously. Again, a general comment. Now don't go after me like a wolf for just stating 'my truth.' Thank you :))

Lisa Gallagher

5 years ago #15

#18
LOL Julie Hickman, I will accept that title with honor :))

Lisa Gallagher

5 years ago #14

#15
Well said Julie Hickman, I couldn't agree more. My dad was a Milk man (way back when) and my mother drove a school bus. I love people for who they are, not what they pretend to be. Status has nothing to do with how I choose friends, how they treat others has everything to do with it.

Phil Friedman

5 years ago #13

@Pascal Derrien > "Ah the faux-rebels sleeping in 5 star hotels they don’t like the elite but secretly and naively crave to be at their side, they write tirades about injustice but don’t mix well with the plebe unless they have to attend a fundraising charity dinner in their 5 000$ tuxedos." One of my favorite authors is social philosopher Eric Hoffer who was for much of his life a longshoreman loading and unloading commercial cargo ships. He is best known, perhaps, for his work, "The True Believer" (1951), but I remember best and most frequently his lightning-strike flash of insight when he pointed out that counter-elites do not really want to eliminate the elite class, but rather replace them in having what they have, namely, power, money, status, etc. That single insight explains so much of what goes on in the world. This is a great piece. I just hope that most who read it, will heed it. And not take it as an opportunity to tell us all how in tune THEY are with its theme, how free of pretension THEY are, how little THEY care for the material trappings of status. Authenticity is walking the walk, not talking the talk. Cheers!

Pascal Derrien

5 years ago #12

#11
Lisa Gallagher thanks & thanks to you !!!!

Pascal Derrien

5 years ago #11

:-) #10 i take # 2 please Don Kerr it somewhat started yesterday evening and ended up today with that kind of thinking people could do better with their time than trying be clones not new but well innovation will be for another day 😋

Lisa Gallagher

5 years ago #10

Shared here and on twitter! Best read of the week for me!

Lisa Gallagher

5 years ago #9

Pascal Derrien, I think this the best article I've read in a while!! All the 'Faux" people trying to present an image instead of being themselves. I will admit, I can't stomach people like that and they are so transparent, I wonder if they realize just how transparent they are? I would prefer a 3 star (clean and comfortable) hotel over a 5 star because I like to walk to the lobby in my sweats/PJ's at night if I'm in need of coffee or a small snack. I don't want to feel as though I have to primp and wear my snazzy jeans and blazer before walking down at 10-11pm (no worries, I don't own snazzy jeans) lol. You drove the point home well and your own quote, "your time here is on loan anyway." So very true!! Thank you for this.

don kerr

5 years ago #8

Man, when you get a burr under your saddle you can really unload Pascal Derrien. Was there something in particular that got up yer nose or just the shallow display of rampant and meaningless consumerism that pissed you off? Yeehaw!

Pascal Derrien

5 years ago #7

week end read :-)

Pascal Derrien

5 years ago #6

#7
He was good Albert Franci Eugenia Hoffman

“Try not to become a man of success. Rather become a man of value.” ― Albert Einstein

Pascal Derrien

5 years ago #4

#5
the 25a or 76d Donna-Luisa Eversley :-)

Pascal Derrien

5 years ago #3

#3
I should take the bus more often .... :-) thanks Gert Scholtz :-)

Gert Scholtz

5 years ago #2

Pascal Derrien A pricless Buzz. As Lord Darlington said: A man who knows the price of everything, and the value of nothing.

Pascal Derrien

5 years ago #1

#1
Thanks their followers have a few questions to answer too ? :-)

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