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Nov 26, 2011

Materialism In America

maria bamford target commercial


This might seems like a weird topic for this time of year, but I am so sick of all the black Friday ads on tv. Thankfully it's over. Until next year. Thanksgiving has always been my favorite holiday- no gifts, just share a meal, feel gratitude and relax. Then there's the ugly side- it's seen by retailers as an open door to ka-ching, that's right- big sales. A free for all. Since I consider myself a smart shopper, and more voluntary simplicity-oriented than most I know, I never do B.F. shopping anyway. I also worked in retail, and it's a sham. I did B.F. once, at 9 a.m. years ago. Never did it again. I luxuriate in sleeping in and relaxing. We got a couple small items last night, down the street, just to get out of the house.

It's really a sad state of affairs, sheeple do what they're supposed to do- mindlessly spend money. Knock other people down for something that will make them feel better, look better, and seem better to others. Gotta have that new.... It makes me sad. Than I really get frustrated- don't people see what's going on here? Come on America, wake up! You have a brain, use it. It's not just about the money though- it's about the lack some feel inside. Not good enough, not pretty enough, not economically superior enough. "Gotta build that yacht 10' longer than the Jones". Ugh. It's really about the vacant soul of America. We're missing something here:

a connection to people- in person
a connection to nature- outside
a connection to your soul and creator (if you believe in one)- in silence

Sorry, looking at pictures of nature on your iPad doesn't count. Texting doesn't count. Do the real thing- get connected. Take the time, it's more important than stuff...


5 comments:

Kristina said...

Love the picture. My kids still play in the leaves, even the teenagers. I totally agree with your thoughts on black friday too. I think the world lacks completely with the connections you listed. I really tried to encourage the family to concentrate on their blessings this year.

nancypo said...

And I hope they count YOU as one of their blessings :)

Candy C. said...

Okay, that Target picture is just SCARY and epitomizes the Black Friday craziness!! I couldn't believe all the stories on the news today about the pepper spray, shootings and tramplings that occured yesterday! Me, I spent the day here at home, and I LIKED it! :) Voluntary simplicity is a very good thing!

Kathleen at Rose Prairie said...

Your comment hit home for me. I too was so sick of all the hype about BF. The amount of money and media just put fuel on it. I too love Thanksgiving because there is nothing to buy or spend other than ourselfs with family, friends and the one upstairs. Being grateful for we have. I hope someday we'll (as a nation) get the point you make. Thank you

nancypo said...

Thanks!

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