Saturday, November 29, 2008

On the first day of Christmas...

The fact that a Walmart worker was trampled TO DEATH by people rushing to shop on black Friday makes me absolutely nauseous.

It makes me want to boycott Christmas. I had already boycotted store bought gifts this year and plan to give things I've made myself. This just solidifies my choice.

I'm not naive. I know Christmas is a capitalistic holiday but I didn't realize just how much the 12 days of Christmas are about the 7 deadly sins. The greed, gluttony, wrath, envy, pride, lust (originally defined as extravagance), and even sloth (indifference) exemplified by this incident is too much to even comprehend.

Happily, each of the seven deadly sins has an opposite virtue. I'd like to bring more of them into my holiday season. They are chastity*, temperance, charity, diligence, patience, kindness, and humility. I'm going to start by not shopping, or when I do (for things I need like food), also buying something to give to those less fortunate (such as food for a food pantry).

Happy holidays.

*Ok, maybe not chastity.

1 comment:

MiChal said...

I stopped shopping at Wal-Mart several years ago in part because it so strongly fostered the mindset that the ultimate goal for shoppers should be the cheapest price. And look how well that works for America -- employees trampled by shoppers looking for the ultimate bargain, rampant closing of mom and pop stores, manufacturing moved to Mexico and China, and landfills packed with the effects of our disposable-filled lifestyles. We, like the mighty Romans, will someday fall. And it will be no one's fault but our own.