"Only in America do people trample others
exactly one day after being thankful
for what they already have."
~ ghost of Mark Twain
I got off from work last night at 8 P.M. and visited Best Buy
to pick up a Blu Ray of THE EQUALIZER in a steel book.
The metal railings demarcating where the shoppers would eagerly wait for Black Friday
were already up ...
and a woman in a thick coat was already siting in her fold-out chair, book in hand.
I had to admire her bladder control if nothing else.
I wondered, among other things,
if she would be trampled
by the hoards behind her.
What turns ordinary shoppers
vicious and dangerous?
Adults hit children in their way.
People snatch items from the carts
or arms of others.
Innocent bystanders are injured.
Store-engineered scarcity breeds an urgency and drive to snatch the "treasure" while it is still there.
City lights no longer have to go out for many to become animals.
Just low prices, limited supply, and time shortage is all that is necessary.
Is a cheap flat-screen TV worth
gouging out the eye of a child?
We have lost sight
of what makes
this season special.
It is not the possessions we love in our lives
but the people in them who love us and we love in return.
Whether you believe in the Christ child or not,
most of us know that it is better to give than to grieve.
WHAT DO YOU THINK OF
THE BLACK FRIDAY