11-30-2013, 09:29 PM
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I am always doing dishes and cleaning up the Thanksgiving mess. I have never done Black Friday, or , as it's now becoming, " Black Thursday".
The mercenary nature of marketing in the US makes me want to gag. I always thought Thanksgiving, the least commercialized of the holidays, would always hold as a bastion against the ballyhoo of selling that comes with the "holidays". But , no. It will soon be nothing but an excuse to market more stuff to people, who, for the most part, don't need more stuff. They are just easily made to believe they do.
This year, ask yourself., "do I need this? Will it just end up taking up more storage space? Is it an improvement on something I already have, or mearlyy another version of one that still functions just fine? Was it made by "slave" labor, in China, in a factory outside of any environmental controls? Will it end up , in a few months, in a landfill, there to sit for decades because it does not decompose?. How will I feel if I pass up this opportunity to buy this thing? Regret, or nothing. Will this thing bring me pleasure beyond a few days?
All things have weight to them, not just physical weight, but psychic weight. You have to care for them, store them and get rid of them. That can be a burden that is not equal to the momentary joy of buying them, even at a good price. Think before you buy.