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Forget shopping, consider hope

Interestingly enough, most people seem to be rejecting the notion of Black Thursday and Black Friday. Yet, I am sure that the stores will be busy.

Two things come to mind for me.

1 – Almost all of the talk of “family values,” speaks to sexual morality. Now morality is important, but for me, “family values” are something else.

What about families that live under the constant economic strain of contemporary life? And families that live amidst violence? And families that have members who won’t have much of a Thanksgiving because they have to leave Thanksgiving early, or miss it altogether, so that they can get to their low paid, part time retail job?

What family value is upheld there? A work ethic, yes – but at what cost?

2 – To that point about poverty, how do we connect our own mania to shop and shop and shop, and people who simply cannot afford to buy their kids one single toy? Why do we tend to see them as morally failed and ourselves as morally superior?

I’ll be back on Friday with a “shopping alternative” for you – one that has some hope attached to it.

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