Just One Day Please
So the turkey's in the oven, veggies chopped, pies baked and wine is chilling. My family is scattered about the country, some here and some there but the tradition and thinking are the same for us all - gather with friends and family, enjoy each other's company, reminisce about other Thanksgiving holidays and give thanks in a myriad of different ways for who we are, what we have and all the love we have shared, in the past, now and into the future. It's a good day and a good tradition. Just one day a year is all that is mandated, and for some that's all they want but it's a pretty nice tradition to follow on other days, too. So let's not muck it up.
That's right -- just one day please to not be governed by the mass hysteria of consumerism and greed that is the new hallmark for American holidays, promoted by corporate hucksters and eagerly embraced by an American public who think their lives aren't worth living if they don't have, well basically, electronics. DVD players, iPads, laptops, TVs, cell phones, Wiis, Xboxes, the list goes on ad infinitum. Is there an invisible computer chip embedded in the brains of these fools (so so many) whose lives aren't lived in real contact with other human beings but spend more time in the company of imaginary electronic characters and worlds? Nope. All it takes is susceptibility and enough emptiness in their lives to turn them to the devices they have come to depend on and will do almost anything to get, like camping out at Best Buy and Target and the melee that ensues on Black Friday. It's like electronic heroin. The corporate pushers and their news media pimps urge it on. It's bad enough it happens on Friday, but this year many of the drug outlets are open at 6 on Thanksgiving for those with serious twitches. It starts with this:
Pretty sweet eh? A humiliating and embarrassing statement on empty American overprivileged culture that defines us to the rest of the world. While I'm not out there, and most likely you're not either, it sure would be nice if most of them didn't feel they had to be either. Plan ahead, shop small businesses, get creative, have a little imagination, get a life.
The world will always be there but the people you care about won't. Just one day, please.