Saturday, November 29, 2008
A Rant... What is wrong with people???
This post was started yesterday but had to be put on hold because the emotions that came out were more of anger and shock. What results today, is an edited version that is a little more palatable. We hope our message is made clear here.
Okay... I still can't calm down enough to write very clearly about this and maybe that makes me a bad writer/blogger. TOUGH!! We had a perfectly wonderful post to put up about our meal from yesterday along with the recipes. But that post won't go up until we get this rant over with.
In case you haven't been near a news source all day, let us catch you up:
Last night, a 34 year old man named Jdimytai Damour had Thanksgiving dinner at his half sister's house. Right after dinner, he went to his job at the local Wal-Mart. He stocked some shelves and did some maintenance work around the store while a crowd of over 2,000 people gathered outside. At a little before 5am, that crowd ended his life when they burst through the glass doors of the store front and trampled him to death. All in the name of consumerism.
One witness said people were irate when they were told someone had died and they needed to clear the store. They kept shopping...
There's a new meaning to the name "Black Friday."
Yes, we are consumers as well. We do not make every stitch of clothing on our backs nor do we make our own shoes. However, the past two years has brought us a new awareness of the futility of over consuming. And, as regular followers of this blog can attest, we have been focusing on a more frugal lifestyle to curb this voracious appetite we had in us to buy buy buy every time we needed some "retail therapy" or whenever a little extra cash came our way.
We're not trying to sound self-righteous. Just making a point.
That man has a family and, although we don't know anything about him as a person, there is no person who deserves to die in the name of consumerism gone raging mob.
What is wrong with people? The mob was so focused on buying cheap consumer goods that they didn't notice or even care that a man was lying dead, literally, under their feet? Does this make anyone else sick to their stomaches? What has happened to us? What have we done to our minds that we believe this was an acceptable behavior? When did the attention to human life become so reduced for the sake of "getting the good stuff before it's all gone?" What have we done? Who are we becoming? What is wrong with us?
Over quoted probably, but ringing loudly in our ears today: "Be the change you want to see in the world." You don't have to subscribe to all the teachings of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi to understand that this is important in so many ways. Right now, to us, it means that we must change first. We have made the commitment this year to cut back on our consumerism and use what we have on hand rather than buy new. Fix it, mend it, make it ourselves. If we must buy it, try finding it used or free (LOVE Freecycle). When we must buy, look for goods that are produced in a sustainable matter. If none of the above works... see if we can do without.
In addition, this year for Christmas we have committed to making our gifts from what we already have rather than buying yet another gift that people may or may not need or want. Gift baskets full of canned goods, knitted dish cloths, hot pads, scarves and gloves and pj's Jason is making are in our plans for this year.
As with the rest of this journey we have taken along this two year path, we did it with one step at a time. It is true that a journey of 1000 miles starts with a single step. First you take one, then the next then the next. What step are you, our readers and friends, going to take first? Have you already taken the first step? If so, is it time for another step? Tell us here what commitment you are making or would like to make next in order to further the human journey toward a more frugal lifestyle and away from the mentality that murdered a fellow human being yesterday. What steps can you take? What advice do you have to offer those of us not as far down the path as you? Speak. Share your knowledge with us now so we can maybe spark some ideas amongst ourselves that will lead to a world where it is unacceptable for a man to die trying to fend off crazed shoppers. Help us become a planet where children and families are not exploited to produce cheaper and cheaper goods for corporate entities to market in our retail stores.
Speak. And end this mess. Help us see that there is hope out there. Speak.
talk to you soon...