Friday, November 16, 2012
I know a lot of people are looking forward to Black Friday and I get that people want the good/unbeatable deals but in my eyes IT'S NOT WORTH IT. I am kind of disgusted by it. Waiting in line to get stuff. Pushing and shoving other people to get STUFF. I remember a few years back, a guy who worked at Wal Mart was crushed to death! CRUSHED TO DEATH! I still feel bad for that poor man and his family. I also can't fathom how the people who were part of that tragedy can live with themselves knowing that they didn't stop to help him!!! People just kept charging in the store. They didn't even stop for a HUMAN LIFE! Why? They wanted STUFF. Stuff is NOT worth a LIFE.
I just find the greed and the selfishness disgusting. It's ironic that the day after Thanksgiving, a day we celebrate to give thanks for what we already have, the next day, people wake up at ridiculous hours to get more stuff. Stuff that they don't need. I know, some people are putting away Christmas gifts but Christmas isn't about presents so that's no excuse.
I don't know if you heard but Black Friday isn't even starting on Friday. It's starting on Thursday and a lot of employees are going to miss Thanksgiving dinner because of it. How sad is it that employees have to miss time with their loved ones because of the greed of others? I don't want any part of it. No thanks.
I know some people find shopping on Black Friday fun and I know not everyone who participates is greedy or selfish but the crowds and pushing and shoving and the violence that occurs over stuff is astonishing. I shouldn't be surprised by it with the world we live in today but still, to think that people who are suppose to qualify as adults behave in such ridiculous and sometimes violent ways is horrible. :( Last year, in California, there was a pepper spray incidence. Pepper spray. Over a Nintendo game system.
How about instead of pepper spraying someone over something, teach your children that they don't always get what they want! Don't assault another human being for an inanimate object! Even better, teach your kids how to give to others.
This year, my friend suggested that we read to the children at the local Children's hospital. That sounds way more rewarding than any material item to me!
When I was younger, I was taught that stuff is just stuff and treating other people with respect and helping others is far more valuable than material items. My parents always say you can't take material values with you when you die! Still what you leave behind you when you go matters. I would be horrified if all I had to leave behind was "stuff." Treating people right, giving a helping hand, giving to others without expecting anything in return...those are VALUES & you can't buy them in a check out line!
I am not saying there is anything wrong with enjoying material items. What I am saying is it's a problem when material items are valued over someone's life!
If you do decide to go shopping on Black Friday, please be responsible. If someone gets something that you had your eye on, let it go! Practice patience and if you see someone is injured or appears to be in agony or any sort of pain, STOP to HELP them and see if they are okay!
If you don't want to go shopping on Black Friday and you don't think employees should miss Thanksgiving dinner with their families, there is a petition on change.org that you can sign for Target employees not to have to work on Thanksgiving. If you want the link, leave me a comment below and I will leave the link on your page. I swear I am not a target employee! I just don't agree with Black Friday causing workers to miss family time.
Also, remember all the things you are thankful for. Don't take anything for granted. Here are some things to be thankful for: Having your sight, being able to walk, being able to hear, having a sharp mind. How about having a roof over your head, electricity and plumbing? How about being thankful for your job (if you are employed at this time) when so many people are struggling? Not everyone is so lucky.
I know a lot of you ARE very thankful. Just wanted to write this as a reminder to be thankful and how insignificant stuff (material items) really are.