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Monday, November 28, 2011

Where's Green Lantern when you need him on Thanksgiving Eve?

On Black(est) Friday night,
No evil shall escape my sight
Let those who worship consumerism's evil might,
Beware my power... Green Lantern's light!
-Green Lantern oath (paraphrased)
Black Friday: The Anti-Thanksgiving | Sojourners
Yet, even if Black Friday were not so terrible for working families, and even if it did not threaten to steamroll Thanksgiving under the weight of Christmas-season merchandising, I would still be opposed to it[, as it] is a celebration of greed, unbridled consumerism and disregard for others....  Rather than gratitude, it promotes greed; instead of cooperation, competition. While Thanksgiving fosters brotherhood and peace, Black Friday is a celebration of self-centeredness and bickering.
If you need evidence of this, examine the fruits of the Black Friday rush for the latest consumer items. There was gunfire in a shopping mall. And at a Los Angeles Wal-Mart, the "competitive shopping strategy" of one woman involved the pepper-spraying fellow customers. Amazingly - though perhaps not surprising - the Wal-Mart remained open through the entire incident, and the woman was allowed to buy her merchandise and leave the store. Nothing, not even outright violence, was allowed to stop the flow of consumption.
One has to wonder how long such sickening treatment of fellow human beings will be allowed to continue before someone gets seriously injured.  Oh, wait- I "forgot" it was already way too late for that.
I've always thought a much better gift to give someone special would be to take the time that one would have spent waiting in line and fighting over merchandise and instead spend it with one's loved ones.

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