So Black Friday was last weekend and honestly I don’t see the purpose in it. I see many more faults than benefits anyhow.
The entire concept of Black Friday is completely off. Every year it happens the day after thanksgiving which, ironically, is one of the only holidays where you’re meant to give thanks for the things, people, and blessings you have in your life. And while it may also be a celebration of the times where the white men of Plymouth raped, murdered, and infected a 5 digit number of native Americans, that my friend is another story. But thanksgiving to me, and to many people like me, is a holiday where you help your family cook in the kitchen, feel the warmth of your house regardless of the chilly weather outside, and spend a few hours together at the table making nice memories and eating amazing food.
It truly amazes me how Black Friday is literally the day after thanksgiving. After this lovely Thursday where we count out many blessings and spend time with our families, this is all in vein because as early as midnight a few hours after thanksgiving dinner, thousands of people line up at malls and stores across America and now many parts of the rest of the world to prepare for their yearly dose of consumerist sin. Many times an alarm goes off to signal the opening of a store to which the few at the front storm in and even get trampled over. This seemingly beneficial event actually has resulted in an at least 4 digit amount of injuries and deaths along the way.
As people rush to buy goods for still a much higher price than it took to produce them, we are doing something detrimental to our health. We are directly contradicting ourselves by relentlessly consuming and buying things we do not need with no purpose. Ironically the day before we were giving thanks for what we had but today we are reveling in the things we do not need. Millions of dollars are spent every year in this event and while firms grow rich with money bags under their belts, the people grow poor with the loss of money as well as the loss of their moral compasses.
I’m not condemning consumerism as a sin; after all today’s culture and economy has essentially come to revolve around it. Alls I’m saying is that people cannot do it in excess just for the sake of it. Give thanks for what you do have - the people and friends around you, not for what you don’t have and feel that you NEED to buy for half price tomorrow morning…
"As many of you know, I have a background as a chemistry teacher. I’ve come to realize that much of what I teach my students applies not only to what goes on in the classroom, but in life also. It’s not as crazy as it sounds. You see, technically, chemistry is the study of matter, but I prefer to see it as the study of change: Electrons change their energy levels. Molecules change their bonds. Elements combine and change into compounds. But that’s all of life, right? It’s the constant, it’s the cycle. It’s solution, dissolution. Just over and over and over. It is growth, then decay, then transformation. It’s fascinating really. It’s a shame so many of us never take time to consider its implications."