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Black Friday, Black Heart

25 Nov

I think the human condition is ugly much of the time.

Instead of appreciating togetherness and family and remembering how the Native Americans did not let the immigrants starve, many people are focused on going out to the stores. They feel justified.  I suppose people will always find a way to justify their thoughtless, negative behavior.  There is no convincing those set to shop, that they might be hurting someone else. They say people should be thankful they have a job. Is that the kind of country we want to be? Making the little guy leave their own family dinner early, forgo alcohol, to staff retail? So the greedy can push and shove and spend money they don’t have. So the corporate heads can make boat-loads of money in one 24 hour period.

I work in the service industry too.  On one hand, I’m glad I have my job, and have planned my life around it.  I know I don’t get weekends or holidays off, but in turn, I get days during the week off.  I hate the general public, so I like my schedule.  I can avoid crowds at the grocery story, coin-op laundry, and the gym.  Emergency workers, health care, military, restaurant employees–all have to work weekends and holidays.  But that still doesn’t make Black Friday right.

Black Friday is about crowds, pushing, lines.  Getting deals.  Fighting for items.  Greed.  Greed!  There are already a bunch of stories about pepper spray in the Wal-Mart, long lines, and shoving matches between strangers.  When they say they are shopping to prepare for the holidays.  Which are supposed to be about love, togetherness, forgiveness. . .  It’s wrong.

I suggest we remember the foundations of our country, and what the holiday season really means. The Thanksgiving is about Indians sharing. Christmas is the birth of Jesus. To pervert these holidays and turn them into capitalist, greedy things that subvert the lower class is sad.

I will be going to work today.  I hope no one wrecks me on the roads in their zeal to get to the store faster.  And I hope rather than gathering at the vet, people go home and celebrate Family Day–because that’s why most people are off work today.