Black Friday...

I'm a spiritual fella. I have pretty strong faith, and a belief in God. As such, I try (stressing "try") to live my life in such a way that I feel is good, kind, and (for the most part) as I think God would want me to. My faith teaches the doctrine of the Seven Cardinal Sins.
Lust, Gluttony, Greed, Sloth, Wrath, Envy, and Pride.
I'm not big on the formal aspects of the doctrine. So, please don't ask me to get all scholarly about the history of, implementation of, or formality surrounding these sins. What I am good at is the interpretation of these sins (or at least my OWN PERSONAL interpretation of these sins).. Heck, even take the religious aspects out of the equasion... In a nutshell, one needs to avoid these things to be a good person.

Black Friday (in my mind) repents all that is evil in this world. In my mind, in my observations, and in my life, I can associate most (if not all) of the seven deadly sins to "Black Friday".

Greed, Sloth, Wrath, Envy are easily associated, and I think I could make an argument for Gluttony and Pride too. Truthfully if you remove the "sexual" connotations of "Lust" and look at Lust in it's most basic form, it is "to have a passionate desire for something" (taken from the Oxford English Dictionary) - I can make that fit too.
In my opinion, Black Friday is nothing more than a greed (or any of the other cardinal sin(s) listed above) induced frenzy, fueled by the media and the retail giants of this world. It is a free for all that we allow ourselves to fall victim to.

"We are
like lambs leading themselves to slaughter." *
*(Credit for this accurate "sumeration" goes to Many Things Do Not Fly)
Why else would a group of shoppers not have enough control to keep from trampling a Walmart employee to death in what can only be described as a mass human stampeed.

Where was the common sense? Where was the self control? Where was the calm? Where was the little voice in everyone's head telling them that this is going to turn out bad?

I'll tell you where..

It was still there with almost everyone there, only it was drowned out by the voices of lust, glutton, greed, sloth, wrath, envy and pride - that is where it was.

Shame on us.

Now that my "televangical" rant is over, we will return to our regular schedule of inane rambling about nothingness. (Wink)

6 comments:

  1. I'm not much of a spiritual fella and I agree with you.

    That's such a sorry low point for humanity. Seriously, there are no deals worth this. Heck, I didn't even see a deal worth getting out of bed.

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  2. Ya that's a little crazy, OK more than a little crazy. The same stuff will be there tomorrow if I really want it but more than likely I don't really need it.

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  3. Dude, but have you SEEN the deals at Wal Mart on Black Friday?

    Naw, I'm kidding. That story shocked me too. I avoid Black Friday like the plague, which interestingly, sounds more like what Black Friday should represent--a plague.

    But, remind me to tell you the story about the ONE TIME CareerMom and I did any Black Friday shopping whatsoever.
    We had a plan...

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  4. I agree and totally get it. The only connection that I'm not making to sloth. I mean what part of getting up and going out into the clod to fight for a place in line by 4am is slothy?
    That said Black Friday, for numerous reasons, is something I want no part of.

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  5. Sloth, when the folks fight (and I mean the get-out-of-your-car-and-fist-fight-in-front-of-the-kids-and-get-arrested-for-assault type of fighting) to get the premium parking stall when there is another one five car lengths away.

    Sloth in that "I am too friggin lazy to park my car 5 stalls further from the front door".

    Now, I could also see the argument that if you are willing to fight (and get arrested) for the "premium parking space" - that you are not being lazy about getting the spot... It's the whole reason they want that spot to begin with... To be closer (and have to walk less) to the front door..

    BTW - this DOES happen, and as one of the folks that answer the dozen 911 calls that this fight would generate - I will confirm it's validity!

    Another "Shame on us" to our society...

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  6. I agree with you 100%. It's become out of control crazy. We need to start a movement for "Slow" Christmases, like they have for "Slow" food. If we stopped buying all the junk and focused on service and Christ, what couldn't we accomplish?

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