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November 23, 2012 / Dale Melchin

Black Friday

Black Friday is a great day for retailers.  It is the day that many of them finally turn a profit.  I am very happy for their successes, and I’m glad that to an extent it is an experience for many people to bond by getting up early (or staying up late) and taking advantage of sales.

However, at the same time, I am bothered by Black Friday.  It is a symbolic of the nationwide epidemic of material/thrift disorder.

I generally try to refrain from judgment and focus on the positive.  But I can’t stand it anymore.  Black Friday is a day that agitates our attachment to material things.

I’m not saying that everyone who goes black Friday shopping is a materialist.  I think though the emphasis right after a holiday that is supposed to be sacred and reminding us to be thankful for what we have…. The juxtaposition in my mind doesn’t fit.

I can only hope that as people get agitated with the traffic and the general insanity of the day that there is a turn to a more calm approach to the day after Thanksgiving.

How do you feel about Black Friday?

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