In modern society. Through years of meditative hours of hunting the narrator gains clarity on how to savior moments. The narrator exemplified this when he describes the long tedious time in the forest saying, “l felt a contentment so deep that it seemed I was absorbed in a timeless dream. ” His appreciation manifests into distaste for consumerism. He believes appreciation is lost stating, “the very rate at which consumption proceeds virtually negates the possibility of attentiveness and mindfulness.
He witnesses this lack of mindfulness as his children open presents on Christmas. Although the children are intrigued by the beauty of the wrapping paper and ribbons, they are hastily shown to forgo the packaging in favor of what was inside. Once they opened their presents and began to play they where quickly bombarded with another gift, leaving no time to appreciate and enjoy each object. The narrator, observing the Christmas mourning festivities, denounces “life in the consumer society [as] the moment of newness, the adrenaline rush of discovery, and sack of attentiveness.
Throughout the story It Is evident the narrators dislike for consumerist society stems from the rate of consumption and lack of appreciation associated with it. In “A Bedside Story”, George Longer is similarly uninterested in the materialism of today’s world; however, he is not concerned about rate of consumption but more focused on appreciation of family. Longer lives, as his daughter Hope would describe, a “backwards, old-fashioned life”; evident by his refusal to Install a home telephone.
His rejection of modern society drives his daughter away on bad terms. After five years of no communication, Hope returns home with two kids. George, being a family man, welcomes them with open arms. The children enjoy simple pleasures like decorating cookies and their grandfathers story telling on Christmas eve while Hope is out shopping for presents. George disapproves of Hope’s trip, “those store bought gifts just didn’t reflect what he felt was important at Christmas time. Family and Sharing. The story he told the children need with the ideal that Christmas was a time to be “giving, caring, loving, [and] compassionate. ” From start to finish It Is clear that George Longer Is uninterested in modern materialism and focused is on the joys of family and creating memories together. Both characters in each story are opposed to society’s infatuation with consumerism.