We were watching American Idol tonight and a Ford truck commercial came on. The commercial says something about Ford trucks being better than Dodge or Chevy trucks. Truthfully I wasn’t paying attention and was just glad it was a commercial about cars because I hate when birth control pills or tampon commercials come on and my kids ask me what ‘those are’ because I’m still in blissful denial here that my girls might need those someday soon. I can totally explain a truck though.
Anyway, as soon as the commercial was over Eloise said “Gosh, that is just kind of mean.”
Me “What’s mean?’
Eloise “That Ford actually has to say they are better than the other names of trucks. It’s like me telling my friends that I’m better at math or someone telling me that they are a better dancer than I am.”
Me “Well, it’s a paid commercial and Ford really wants you to buy their truck instead of someone else’s.”
Eloise “But is their truck really better than someone else’s and even if their truck wasn’t better they sure aren’t going to say that in their own commercial, right?”
Me “True. They can’t lie in a commercial but they do want you to favor them.”
Eloise “Well it seems to me that they shouldn’t talk badly about anybody else and if they want me to buy their products then just tell me why their product is great without telling me how the competitors are bad. It’s just mean. I won’t buy from a company that says mean things about anybody else. That was a Ford truck, right?”
Me “So you are never getting into politics are you?”
Eloise’s lesson of the day. Don’t compare yourself to others – good or bad. And she will never own a Ford truck.