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Black Friday Exposes Humans

imagesThis is no longer something to joke about or ignore.  This is now a serious issue in need of fixing.  I am talking about the so-called Black Friday shopping that exposes the dark side of human beings. It’s bad enough that it comes a day after Americans celebrate their Thanksgiving.  A day that should be spent giving thanks for what they already have but instead is mostly spent poring over store flyers looking for stuff they don’t need.  Some forgo the whole dinner thing and camp out at their favorite store.  Sick eh? I know.

Today the headlines were populated with stories such as, “Woman uses stun gun during Black Friday fight”, “Man stabbed over fight at Walmart”, “Shopper robbed of flat screen TV and shot in parking lot”…The list goes on. A cop was shot, fights raged.  It sounded like something out of The Apocolypse.  Where’s the army? No one was really surprised about any of this as Black Friday is a ‘free card’ day where you are expected and allowed to be less-than-human.  To reveal behavior that would make the martians out there think twice about invading the planet of an unevolved specie.  Beam me up Scotty!

When one hears of Thanksgiving in the US, they think of Black Friday.  It’s almost synonymous now.  Today many people called in sick from work to partake in this feeding frenzy.  It didn’t matter that they were losing money to spend money.  Just being a part of it was enough.  The rush!  The thrill!  The fight! The uncivilized masses!  No wonder it’s called ‘Black Friday’.  It’s truly a dark day for our society.

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It’s never a bad day, even when it snows early

On Tuesday, I went to the hospital to visit a friend who recently suffered a massive stroke that paralyzed the entire right side of his body.  I sat with him for a while even though we couldn’t communicate with each other.  He sometimes struggled for a breath of air and tried to speak during his brief moments of consciousness but was mostly incoherent. This was a man who was never lacking for words.  He was intelligent and a great debater.  Now here he was, reduced to a mumbling baby.

As I watched him, feeling useless and wondering if there was something I could do or say, I thought of my frailty.  I thought of how I would feel with my mind trapped in a body that refused to answer its will.  It was a dreadful thought that scared me.

The next day it snowed, prematurely by our expectations as we hadn’t seen snow before December for some time.  I joined the voices of the malcontents and questioned God’s bad timing.  It’s just the beginning of October! What kind of joke is this? How long is winter going to last this year?  This really sucks!  It was just a knee-jerk reaction as I am never one to really complain about too much snow, rain, heat or otherwise.

Then I thought of my friend in the hospital, (See the good thing about having an overactive mind is that it sometimes counters the negative thoughts by coming up with other thoughts, even while thinking).  I suspected that my friend would rather be out here navigating the snowy roads and feeling cold than lying on a hospital bed not knowing what his future holds.  That was a sobering thought that righted my ship.

Later, I was surfing Facebook and came upon the photo above, it was about being thankful for each day as someone somewhere is fighting to survive.  Coincidence?

As Thanksgiving approaches, there’s no better time to think of the things that are taken for granted.  The things that we feel we have earned.  A breath of air, health, possessions.  We feel that no thanks are necessary or saying thanks once should be good enough.

When we have our health and our lives, there is no such thing as a bad day.  Snow falling when we think it’s not supposed to, does not constitute a tragedy.  So now I am thankful that I could experience another winter.  I could feel the cold and trudge through the snow and that’s  more than some could say.

Have a happy Thanksgiving!

 

 

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