Happy Cult-of-Consumism Day

Monday, December 1, 2008| by Will Chen

The holidays should be a festive and happy time of year, but the poison of excessive commercialism seems to exponentially increase every year. It seems every year, the insanity is capped by an act of utter ignorant inhumanity and this year it seems to have come early with the trampling death of a Wal-Mart security guard in Long Island upon opening the doors on Black Friday.

As we’re annually subjected to a barrage of advertisements which subliminally guarantee happiness via consumerism, it should be no surprise that many of us have become addicted to consumerism and the holiday sales are the drug for which some of us will do anything to get a fix. To quote the once famous self help Guru Susan Powter, STOP THE INSANITY!

In our lemming-like rush to grab the greatest deals and newest gadgets, slow down and remember the most important theme of the holidays, be it Christmas, Chanukah, or Kwanzaa; charity. If those involved in the Long Island trampling were as enthusiastic to lend a helping hand as they were to open their wallets, I imagine few would go hungry or cold in their area this holiday season. Let’s all enlarge our inner circles to include those less fortunate; no gift is too small. For the less fortunate struggling with financial and health issues compounded by the commercialism around this time of year, the stress can be overwhelming and your act of charity can make a huge difference in someone’s life.


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