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Some thoughts on the Mad Dash-Black Friday- Frenzy

I’m reading The Spirituality of Imperfection, Storytelling & the Search For Meaning by Ernest Kurtz & Katherine Ketcham.  Watching footage of the annual, frenzied, “Black Friday” stampedes which now begin on Thanksgiving evening across the country, I then read the following.

I think the authors’ words begin to help me name the dynamic at work in this annual phenomenon.  Granted we’re all victims to the power of marketing and advertising, I think the consumer society really has convinced us that happiness can be acquired or bought.  If we take the time, step back & think about that advertising message, we know that that’s not true.  As a matter of fact, it can lead to “misery” as Kurtz and Ketcham point out:

“…greed is the vision that everything is to be ‘gotten.’  The vision that is spirituality warns that greed and misery go hand in hand.  Misery arises inevitability from the belief that we are in control, that we can control everything and that anything we have, we deserve.

Misery is the mind-set that we must get and get and get; it is the yearning for more, the push to acquire more, win more, own more, have more.  Misery is misery because it does not know the meaning of enough.

…As Eric Hoffer observed decades ago: ‘You can never get enough of what you don’t really want.’ “