Crowding around the entrance, they stare hungrily into the building. Some have been banging on the glass impatient for what is to come, others mill about mindlessly, paying little attention to the others that surround them. The tension in the air however, is palpable. What will happen when, not if, they come through?
When the glass doors finally give way chaos ensues. High pitched screams and deep yells fill the air as the ravenous bunch starts barreling through with little heed for anything in their path. One of them falls, and cries out in pain as the others trample over their bloated body…
No I’m not talking about zombies, locusts, or giant ants – I’m talking about the average Black Friday shopper! Perhaps some of you out there have had the same feeling. It’s the reason why I don’t do Black Friday, or go to the mall this time of year. I don’t like crowds even on a general basis, there’s no way I want to deal with a bunch of sale crazed lunatics!
So with the holiday season in full swing, the race is on to spend, save, and consume to the point of self-depreciation! A time of greed like no other throughout the year. The very meaning of Christmas! – oh wait…
Yet another reason why my favorite holiday is Halloween. There’s no way to corrupt it any more than it already is.
Yes our economy depends on spending, yes most shoppers have little ill intent, but in all this frenzy to acquire more what are we really losing? Finding greater meaning in life, the environment, a more stable financial future? I know they’re rather big concepts, but our species is not known for its sense of
Have you ever wondered if the billionaires of the world enjoy watching people fight over T.V.s or the latest toy? There’s enough crazy Black Friday videos to entertain even the average person. It’s a wonder why they don’t start a reality show or something.
The saddest part of all this is a lot of sales, like Black Friday, are really major scams. A friend of mine was a former accountant for a Target location, and has told me many examples of how stores make their money on so-called sales. They hike the prices up on so many items so it only looks like they’re giving out a good deal. I’m glad she quit to start her own small business!
If you want to get your bah-humbug on further, I recommend reading this to get you started. May it scar you for life!