These days it is trendy to sneer at Black Friday and mock those determined shoppers who risk life and limb in search of Christmas bargains. The day is widely held to be the epitome of crass consumerism. And that’s probably true.
But crass consumerism is an affliction of the prosperous. We are fortunate enough to be living in a time and place that is so wealthy that our people stand in line to by crap they don’t need. We live in a nation that has a standard of living that is not only above average in comparison to the rest of the world but to the rest of human history.
In the United States our poor people suffer from obesity and diabetes while starvation is a problem associated with a mental disorder most commonly found in middle and upper-class girls.
Sure, we’re in the middle of an economic downturn. But that’s my point. During the worst economic times most of us have ever experienced, the stores are packed with Christmas shoppers. People have lost their homes, but they aren’t homeless.
So what if we aren’t as prosperous as we were a few years ago? We’re still a lot better off than we could be. I’m not saying you should risk your life by going shopping on Black Friday or engage in crass consumerism. I’m just saying we should all be thankful to live in a country where “remembering the true meaning of Christmas” is even an issue.
There are only 31 shopping days left until Christmas.