There is something deeply embedded in the people in Sarnia that makes me a bit uncomfortable. I remember when it was in myself, and now it’s obvious in close friends and their parents. So in this next series of posts, my goal is to question the mindset of those in Sarnia to see whether it is actually a good and healthy way to live, and more importantly will define what kingdom we just may be living for. This is obviously a generalized statement meant to paint an overall picture and there are numerous exceptions. I find it predominantly within the 35+ age group but I am beginning to see that it is deeply embedded into us really early and that if we don’t consciously pull away from it then we will all end up like the ethos of Sarnia, which isn’t a good thing.
I am going to take on one concept a post and see where I end up. Feel free to comment and challenge me if you think I’m wrong or add your two cents to bring sense to this all. Some posts I’ll add my own commentary about what I think and others I’ll just write what I see and experience.
The biggest thing I see overall in Sarnia is stuff. We have lots of it. For those of you that don’t know, we are an oil city. There are all sorts of industrial plants here and the pipeline runs right to our city. We have Esso, Nova, Suncor and all sorts of other big corporations running large plants right in our backyard. It is for the most part the sole industry of Sarnia. We got oil.
Things have really changed here in Sarnia over the last ten years or so. The box store commercial areas are booming. Wal Mart has shutdown and rebuilt into its third building in this time. Future Shop, Leons, Teppermans, Princess Auto, Home Depot, Crabby Joes, Boston Pizza, Sleep Country are just some of this big stores that have moved in, in the last little while. Along with all sorts of new stores and upgrades to the mall, if you were to drive through Sarnia you would notice lots of new subdivisions. Lots of them. All on the outskirts of the city, there is new houses going up all day long. The ironic part is that there has been no significant growth of population in Sarnia and in fact was on the decline from 1996 – 2001 (no official report in the past few years).
So what does this say about Sarnia? It could say a lot of things. I won’t speculate and make vast assumptions and throw everyone into the same category. But I think it is safe to assume that we here in Sarnia love our stuff. Population is going down and the amount of things to purchase has gone way up. Did we need something that we didn’t have access to before? Or are all these new stores creating desires within us?
There are line-ups outside of Future Shop on Christmas night for the big Boxing Day sale. The mall is jammed pack and it’s hard to find a parking spot and Wal Mart needs police to regulate traffic, even with the new traffic lights.
There is something in Sarnia that we are falling prey too. This massive rush for material goods is doing something to our relationships and our mentality. I know this doesn’t exist just in Sarnia, but I’m only in Sarnia, so this is all I can speak to. This desire for stuff is fueled by other things, there has got to be. Some of those things I’ll tackle in future posts.