The Material Deception

The Material Deception
I grew up believing that the appearance of a man defines him and his character. Frederick Douglass said a man's character always takes its hue, more or less, from the form and color of things about him. Yet how many times have we heard the expression don’t judge a book by its cover? There have been a many of times when I would take a look at one’s material possessions and then make a determination of their level of success based on what they were wearing, driving or even the house that they live in. Then I would have to ask myself, I wonder how many people think the way I do, and come to the same conclusion? How deceptive is that? If only they knew.
I live in Overland Park, Kansas, and drive a Cadillac CTS. I wear clothes by my favorite designers, Michael Kors, Dolce & Gabbana, and Guess just to name a few. My purses, I am not ashamed to say, range from $100 to $500 dollars. Let’s not talk about the shoes. Oh my lord. They are endless, along with designer fragrances. My makeup is by Mac and I won’t settle for anything less.
I can tell, more times than not, if a particular item is a knock off. I know that some people, as well as myself notice things like this. Does this make us materialistic? Perhaps, this maybe from some view points. However, from my perspective, I know that I have a taste for the finer quality.
I can go to a store such as Wal-Mart or Target, to shop for my granddaughter because first of all I know that the items that I buy for her, she will out grow in a short period of time. I also take comfort in knowing that if she was to damage them in any way, I would not be out of a whole lot of money. She is just five. Buying items for me from there is a different case all together. I look at items there and the first thing that comes to mind is how long it will last?
Even though, one might think that based on my appearance, that I have a few dollars in that D&G handbag. I have the appearance of someone who is well off. Yet in...