Ooh it’s Black Friday, Yay.
1. A.K.A Day of Consumerism, coined from America’s day-after-Thanksgiving
2. The point in the year when retailers turn a profit, going from being “in the red” to being “in the black”. – I still don’t get the black part. Unless you own a multi-million dollar store, it’s not you making that profit, sorrraay!
3. In 1961, the city and merchants of Philadelphia attempted to improve conditions, and a public relations expert recommended rebranding the days, “Big Friday” and “Big Saturday” but these terms were quickly forgotten- why? I still don’t get the ‘black’ part.I prefer green.
3. Since 2006, there have been 7 reported deaths and 98 injuries in the US on this day due to foot traffic and consumer violence. – Seriously, humans!?
4. An American dream that spread to all corners of the globe can now be found in the UK, Romania, Mexico, and EVEN India and South Africa.
I mean, sure, let’s make third world country’s lap up MORE opulence that they can’t afford.
Not like we have other things to deal with.
Not like consumerism creates greed or anything.
Not like we don’t have a major divide between the richest and the poorest.
Not like we should think twice about making big businesses grow more.
Not like many culturally loaded countries are being drawn into a material world and losing balance.
Not like we need to buy things we don’t need just ‘cos they’re cheap.
But WHO DOESN’T LIKE A GOOD DEAL?
Especially with the closing down of the Groupon Specials site in South Africa, aren’t South Africans just hungry for specials? The answer is, yes, we are, we all are.
The other truth is also that we don’t want to spend exorbitant amounts on anything! And we will jump at the opportunity of low investment and high return- It’s a thing of the animal kingdom that we have entrenched innately in our being.
But then, what makes us different from these non-human animals? Maybe you will say the ability to think, intellect, something like that, maybe?
Well look at that! Greed has actually become the order of the day, self-gain is the end goal, and all these values, struggles and inequalities we speak of so righteously on social media get swept under the rug, because, Black Friday.
Not that I’m against it or anything…