Rogue Consumerism & Black Friday Tragedy – What Can We Learn From This?

Goodlifer: Rogue Consumerism & Black Friday Tragedy - What Can We Learn From This?

Black Friday. Sales everywhere. Walmart in Valley Stream, NY is set to open it’s doors at 5:00am. An unruly crowd has gathered outside, eager to shop shop shop. They cannot wait any longer, break the doors of their hinges and rush into the store, trampling a temporary employee. It’s a full-on stampede. People keep pushing to get inside, stepping over, around, on the young man lying helpless on the floor. The mob hinders rescuers and police, continuously shoving their way into the store. Jdimytai Damour, 34, of Jamaica Queens is pronounced dead at a nearby hospital shortly thereafter. Does this feel like a scene from a bad horror movie, or what? Is this what humanity has come to, valuing cheap stuff more than human life?

Meanwhile on the west coast, in Palm Desert, California, a dispute over toys in a Toys R’ Us aisle ended in gunshots fired and two people dead. Black Friday has taken on a new meaning.

All I can hope comes from this is that we all take a step back and evaluate our stance in the world. If this bad economy makes us go crazy for sales just so that we can afford Christmas presents this year, why don’t we just skip the presents and focus on what really matters — non-material things like love, friends and family. Make your gifts this year, even if you’re not the most skilled artisan, it is the thought that counts. Or, just make it a point to tell all the people in your life how much they really mean to you. In my book, that beats any plastic toy or sale item from Walmart.

Honor the life of Mr. Damour, be good and do good this holiday.

Photo: AP Photo/Ed Betz, via The Huffington Post

About author
A designer by trade, Johanna has always had a passion for storytelling. Born and raised in Sweden, she's lived and worked in Miami, Brooklyn and, currently, Ojai, CA. She started Goodlifer in 2008 to offer a positive outlook for the future and share great stories, discoveries, thoughts, tips and reflections around her idea of the Good Life. Johanna loves kale, wishes she had a greener thumb, and thinks everything is just a tad bit better with champagne (or green juice).
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