Posts Tagged ‘Greed’

Black Friday: Greed Kills

Sunday, November 30th, 2008

What the hell is wrong with our society?!?! We pick one day out of the year for beyond belief, phenomenal shopping deals, and in our desire for yet more material goods, we lose our humanity? At least three people were killed on Black Friday 2008, two from a shooting in a Toys-R-Us, and one from a trampling. Yes, one man was trampled to death as people ran over him to find their deals at Wal-Mart. The police that tried to save him were also beat around. One woman, eight months pregnant, was nearly driven to miscarriage. What the hell was so important that these people were literally willing to walk all over someone else? We dare to call ourselves intelligent, evolved, educated humans? And sure, most of the people reading this will be thinking, I’d never do that, I’m much more sensible, these were a few idiots. Well first, this few is dozens. A few people walking over a person isn’t likely to kill someone; it was dozens of people running over this poor man so they could buy something. I’ve never been so embarrassed to be human, to be American.

This isn’t just a simple problem of a some crazy people. As the years progress, we’ve seen Black Friday stores open earlier and earlier, deals getting more insane, and people following suit. Our mentality that you need stuff to be happy is fine in moderation, but its gone overboard. We’ve dropped to base, animal instinct. It’s wild creatures that fight over food, water, mates, and we’re supposed to be advanced, above animals. We have to get away from this needy mentality, where our possessions define us. When shopping kills, it may be time to reevaluate our own beliefs. Yah, I know this was a rant, no real substance, but think of the rage of it.