"The more things change, the more they stay the same."
Meaning, the "variety" in life is often false.
People tend to repeat or rehash ideas & behavior patterns in ways that are only slightly different than previous generations. How many "as seen on tv" items advertize themselves as "new & amazing" but in reality are just a slight twist on something that is already common place?
- The "new & amazing" tac-light. - It's just a flashlight. With a heavy
-duty metal casing perhaps, but still nothing really new.
- The "stonewave microwave cooker". - That was so innovative right? One
day I was watching an old tv show from the 70's or 80's, and guess
what the tv family had? Yeah a "stonewave", well the original
iteration I guess, & it looked identical to the ones being
advertized as "new & amazing" at the time.
- A "new & amazing" home workout, fast results & you don't even need to
lift weights, it's like no workout you've ever tried, wowie! Just 12
easy payments of $19.95! - Odds are it's an isometric routine, you know, the old "Charles Atlas" system. (and it wasn't even new back when he did it either)
- A friend told me about "tazos". They're collectable discs that you
can play a game with. - Like the pog discs from the 90's.
This concept is nothing new either, just take something (with an expired patent) that people have forgotten about, rebrand it & advertize it as "new & amazing", you'll be rollin' in dough without even having to come up with your own idea!
Hucksters have been parting people from their money with knock-offs & cheap sales gimmicks for as long as there has been money. Possibly even since before there was money. - "Hey Esau, you look really hungry. I'll trade you my 'new & amazing' stew for your birthright..."
Well, the more things change, the more they stay the same...