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Is anyone else grossed out by the concept of Black Friday? Personally I am and I find the entire thing to be absolutely idiotic and kind of evil. The day after we are all supposed to “give thanks” a bunch of people go into some sort of idiotic gladiatorial combat in order to purchase a bunch of rubbish( usually electronic) that no one actually really needs. People cheer about what “deals” they got and yet the only winners are the retailers and the corporations. Is this not the foulest display of materialism ever?
I am also shocked to learn that among certain people this is becoming a “tradition” of sorts, a sort thing they look forward to. To me it seems like pure EVIL and with a name that is reminiscent of something that the late Anton LaVey would concoct it does seem like pure evil. The start of the “holiday” season now begins with a corporate worshipping “black mass” that is aptly named.
Interestingly enough Laveyan philosophy was all about self-gratification and a sort of shameless hedonistic lifestyle and while Lavey seemed to promote an idea akin to something espoused by Ayn Rand ( earn it keep it and don’t share any of it) the modern followers of the Black Friday fiscal sacrament are actually doing most of it on credit. When you crunch the numbers the whole situation is even worse than anything “satanic” it becomes consumption on a dime that does not actually exist, it becomes the ultimate LIE.
As an immigrant from Europe I watch this with wide and frightened eyes as it seems that any and all semblance of common sense and self-restraint goes out the window the moment some underpaid slaves unlatch the gates to those massive franchises of Chinese made hells known as Wal-Mart. Centuries of social evolution seem to vanish as people become rabid primates hunting, searching for and grabbing the latest bit of overpriced, electronic, planned obsolescence. People are ready to fight for and die for the right to pay some corporation for a gizmo that is not mandatory for life, an electronic surrogate for real happiness and real experiences, an addictive drug in the form of yet another e-box that will be in the trash before the next season of fiscal and physical carnage comes around in a year. The season when the next bit of mind killing technology is presented as the "next great thing"
As I said I am an immigrant, all this is new to me and I find it fascinating that a holiday of gratitude is the eve of an unofficial feast day of financial gluttony, physical violence and conspicuous consumption all the appease the will of the corporate masters who deem their gizmos to be the “must have item of the season”.
I am not a religious person, I do believe in gift giving and such but I am not at all connecting the dots on how a wanton material bloodlust even remotely denotes a feast day of the birth of the “savior of mankind”. Is all that electronic, future landfill waste really all that important? Is this really the purpose of Christmas or of any of that? What is going on? When did this culture deteriorate from the inspirational wonder of “It’s a Wonderful Life” into a multimillion person Jerry Springer episode?