The movie The Matrix, proposed that we are all living in a dream world, while actually suspended in a giant laboratory and used to fuel the nefarious Matrix itself. Harsh. I don’t like it.

Earlier today, I accidentally came up with a much better metaphor for life as a modern consumer (and frankly, can you be anything other than a consumer – we all consume, even the quasi self-sufficient Amish). I’ve decided to call this metaphor: The Subway.

We are all like passengers standing in an old, fast-moving subway train (NYC comes to mind), jostled left-right and front-back (by “researchers”, PR companies, advertisers, and government) , while stealthy pickpockets deftly reach in and help themselves.

Think of all the bullshit that we’ve endured:

Vitamins C, D, E, B, Beta-carotene, oat bran, psyllium, bottled water, margarine vs. butter, water filters, Omega-3, probiotic, prebiotic, high-fiber, low-fat, saturated fat, Trans-fat, polyunsaturates, monosaturates,  low-carb, gluten-free, lactose-free, fructose, stevia, sunshine and cancer, dark chocolate, caffeine,  mutual funds, Madoff, global warming, global cooling, Weapons of Mass Destruction, Sarah Palin . The list is never-ending. One day it’s in, the next day it’s out. In the meantime, our pockets get lighter while others get richer.