I've just been perusing news about the violence among bargain-crazed shoppers in the U. S. yesterday. "Black Friday" is a national phenomenon when retailers push sales to move themselves out of the red and into the black before the end of the year. It happens on the day after Thanksgiving.
So, we pause. We give thanks. We look around the table and say we're thankful for our families and our friends. We recognize that we are blessed. We say, "I am so thankful!"
But, apparently, it's not enough. It doesn't actually fill us up.
The very next day, we go absolutely mad over manufactured stuff that we HAVE to have.
I'm not above loving a good sale, but the whole thing strikes me as incredibly gross.
We are gross.
And the worst part of it is, we are willingly led down this path. We're told we need this stuff; that our other stuff is outdated and ridiculous.
And we believe it.