A Cesspool of Greed, Self-Indulgence, and Fear: The Amusement Park
Updated on October 3, 2005, 10:06 AM - Written by Tim Buttner
Screams of children scurrying away from their parents on the way to the next exciting ride fill the air. Garbage piles over the trash cans spread about and filling the pathways is the litter that can't fit into those dumpsters. Lines that go on for a wait of more than an hour or two zigzag through a maze of metal walls. Thrill seekers let out all of their breath in their cries and their hearts skip a beat in their fear induced by a mechanical beast. In their corner offices, out of the way from the average park-goers sight, sit executives counting their daily grosses and thinking up new marketing schemes to pilfer extra money from their oblivious consumers. This is a place fueled by greed, indulgence, and fear; this is the kingdom of the amusement park.
One of the first rules about the amusement park business is that the main goal is to bring in the average working family, who has one sucker willing to spend excessive amounts of money, and get every piece of cash that they have on them. They way to go about achieving this is by giving false promises of a grand adventure and amazing prices no one else can beat. Build rides that look imposing and frightening, but fun at the same time, and they're hooked into the con. The park owners are fueled by greed. They don't care how they come by their earnings so long as they acquire plenty of it. They will figure out efficient ways to build rides cheaply, keep maintenance on those rides, hands hired to work them and other places in the park, ways to sell food that is inexpensive, and what prices to put on all these things. Heck, while they're at it they think about what the consumer will be looking for. Lines, those "god-awful lines" is the concern of so many park goers. Perhaps the owner should make a special ticket that gets the park-goers ahead in a line of others who don't have this ticket. The price for this ticket can be larger than the average entrance fee. It is a golden plan. That is the way an amusement park's business is conducted. A park can rank in so much money on a single day that it is astounding none of the people who spend their money there realize that they are wasting their wealth on what they don't need. Why do they still go though?
What is the purpose of spending all this pocket change so others can profit. It is an example of someone seeking to get a little self-indulgence. Inside every person is the miniscule desire to feel excitement, a lack of control, and fear. The reasoning for a person going to an amusement park is so that they can freely spend any extra money; treat their family and even themselves to a day off; and get away from the mediocrity of life. What they seek is similar to what many seek when they go to the movies only here they are getting a full rush of the actually emotions through a physical force. It is not a movie; it is real, and that is the appeal of the park. A person is willing to spend a little extra money in order to take on their fears and see what they amount to. Psychologically they are doing what is in their nature. It is a trip down a roller-coaster ride into a tunnel of love and despair. People go to the amusement park because they need self-indulgence.
Not only is the amusement park a place for the selfish, but also it is at the same time it is a cesspool of disgust. The food is cheap crap that is given to a person in large quantities and at rip-off prices. If the park has a water park, then the water is a repulsive sewer system. Young children, in their excitement at the refreshing new experience loose control and release their extremities. Most people don't care to search for a trash, even though it is conveniently nearby, and toss their garbage onto the ground. They think someone will go around the park cleaning up after them so why should they bother. The bathrooms themselves are a wasteland for diseases to grow and spread to the populace. No one cleans the bathroom; they don't want to touch it for fear of catching something. On the really exciting and scary rides people will throw up that large, unhealthy lunch they got from the park café. Will anyone clean this up? Not until the end of the day, but it will eventually be leaned. It will get cleaned half-heartedly because the custodian doesn't enjoy their job, and it is only a temporary exile for them anyways. Most of the employees of the park are not going to be there long. It is a temporary job to gain a little money and move them along so they can go to college or get the job they really desire to have. The only people wanting to work at the park are the big executives and owners, who get paid large sums of money for not even having to be in their park or see the toilet that it is.
Ambiguity fills the amusement park. It is a place for people to frown upon, but at a same time it is a place for people to find beneficiary to the human race. What is valuable in life that the amusement park gives to people is something that ultimately can be obtained by other means without having to spend the kind of money that is on these parks. The amusement park is a cesspool and has little use in today's society.
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