How did I miss hearing about this formal observance for all those years? I only heard about it this year through #Occupy Wall Street. on Twitter. I'm all in with this one. Though I should stress that I won't be occupying any malls or shredding my credit cards. My observance will be quiet, individual, and totally personal, but heartfelt, nonetheless. Go Gen-Y!!!
I've always thought it a bit odd that the day after we fly or drive half way across the country to gather around a dinner table with family, stuff ourselves with food, and share moralistic platitudes--on the very day after that--sometimes even at the stroke of midnight--, we are pouring by the millions into big box stores and onto the internet to spend money in an orgy of materialistic excess. Sadly, as a nation,we are more about the Friday buying spree than the Thursday Thanksgiving.
We are sheep who have been trained to consume, not think or appreciate or( perish the thought) think about the needs of others. Our culture has turned us into profit centers and target markets. We have been totally dehumanized and rendered powerless by graphs and charts and the power of the almighty retail dollar.
Well, I'm not a profit center. I'm a person and that's why I'm celebrating Buy Nothing Day all day today. Join me if you dare.