19 November 2013

If you shop on Thanksgiving, you are part of the problem

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I admit, I absolutely love a good bargain. I enjoy thrifting and yard sales. I enjoy buying things with coupons and at deep discounted prices. However, I have yet to participate in the American consumer craze known as Black Friday. If you have, I’m not judging. I know some who have turned this day after Thanksgiving into a holiday tradition with family and friends. That’s cool.

Personally, I do not enjoy shopping with mobs of frenzied people or spending most of my time waiting in lines (I don’t care how big the sale is).  

This year, enter a new beast… Black Thursday. As if our country’s moral decline and priorities couldn’t plummet any further. We are now taking this sacred holiday and turning it into one more day of frantic materialism and greed.  

No wonder other countries loathe us. We are ridiculous.

Ridiculously consumed. 

“For a while, Black Friday and Thanksgiving coexisted. We thanked God for His blessings on Thursday, and then jumped into the consumer mosh pit at Best Buy on Friday. But this Black Friday-Thanksgiving marriage was tenuous and rocky from the start. It was doomed to fail. Thanksgiving offers tradition, family and contentment; Black Friday offers smart phones at drastically reduced prices. In America, we all know who wins that battle. So Black Friday, like a black hole, violently expanded; it absorbed the light that surrounded it and sucked everything into its terrifying abyss, where all substance is torn to shreds and obliterated. Black Friday could not be contained to a mere 24 hours. It is Consumerism. It wants more. It always wants more. Nothing is sacred to it; nothing is valuable. So, now, Black Friday has eaten Thanksgiving alive. Thanksgiving let out a desperate cry as Black Friday devoured its soul, but we barely noticed. It’s hard to hear anything when you’re wrestling 4,000 other people for buy one get one free cargo shorts at Old Navy.”

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