Our Cemetery of dead hearts and minds = Black Friday

 It’s Black Friday. I’ve always wondered about this concept. As a child I never quite understood the use of the color black in regard to this day. Sure, I’m fully aware that it refers to the economic books of  retailers getting into the black profit zone and out of the red. I comprehend that financial  concept and yet–yet especially today it’s irritating the hell out of me.  There’s no mystery here. I know  just why “Black Friday” is ticking me off royally–it reveals just how out of whack the dominant mainstream culture really is. It is a sign of ignorance–as in the lack of knowledge, lack of substance, lack of values, lack of integrity, lack of reality, lack of comprehension of what’s really necessary for living and living WELL.  All the people engaging in the vast consumer addiction game have their heads thrust so deep in the sand that it’s downright terrifying to behold.  American priorities are clear–this is a culture based on greed coming and going.  Don’t bother wasting time posting to tell me that I’m raining on everyone’s Christmas Parade. Why? Because  I think the Christmas Parade needs to END.  Why? Because it has NO meaning whatsoever as is clear from the current state of the world at large. Why in hell are people giving more money to corporations that have already posted record profits while ruining the global economy?  Engaging in this Parade is not only a denial of reality, it’s not just a moment of escapism for relief, it’s another sign of abdication of responsibility for the world in which we live.  Worse yet is the LIE it perpetuates.  Yes, the LIE, because how can people profess a desire for love, peace and sister/brotherhood while engaging in a system-game that destroys all these things?  Yes, it is Black Friday–but not in the financial sense—it is a day of mourning, the day of funeral pyres for a civilization that engages in perpetual wanton destruction of everyone’s environment, war, and hatred.   I’ve got a few notions about “door-busters” that have nothing to do with sale items.  

Today on Democracy Now!, which usually airs at 8 am cst on KKFI, Amy Goodman interviewed two men with whom I found myself in nearly total agreement–IMAGINE THAT!!!—-author Derrick Jensen (The Dominant Culture is Killing the Planet) and economist and Right Livelihood Award Winner Chilean economist Manfred MaxNeef on Barefoot Economics.    Even if you might not find a lot of common ground with their thoughts, you might want to seriously consider what you agree and disagree with and WHY.  Yes, venturing over to read/view Goodman’s show for November 26 ought to provide anyone with lots of concepts to discuss with family and friends over the “holy days” feasts forthcoming.  Hate or love their ideas–but I doubt either will be boring.

This first video seems like a good way to create some awareness of the interconnectedness of all things.   

 Jensen’s interview reveals the depth and breadth of his scope of vision of our problem.  As stated earlier, you might not agree but it’s well worth your time to hear him out then thinking about why you don’t–or do–share common ground. 

http://www.democracynow.org/2010/11/26/author_and_activist_derrick_jensen_the

Clearly people are capable of unified action for a one day event. Doesn’t it follow that humans  are capable of unified action for more than one day if they really understood the stakes of this survival game? We need to do more than just turn off the lights for an hour.

Earth is an incredible planet. It is the only home we have. We do not own it. If anything Earth own us. Earth can exist without humans. Humans cannot exist  without Earth.  We cannot purchase another Earth.  The Universe does not conduct doorbuster sales.

Rise Up

21 Comments

  1. artistatexit0 said,

    November 30, 2010 at 3:41 am

    Girl..you’ve been busy! Can’t really add much about Black Friday or Cyber Monday or whatever comes next because I don’t really participate in it myself. Who can afford to live this way indefinitely? I like making my own cards and gifts from the stuff people throw away!

    • December 6, 2010 at 4:19 pm

      Um, are your wonderrful styrofoam artworks among your given gifts, Al? What’s even the point of living ‘this’ way? Do you think it’s even “living”, Al–or just a form of existing without any meaning?

      • artistatexit0 said,

        December 7, 2010 at 3:29 am

        Existing without any meaning? I’m not sure about that or at least I try not to be any more judgemental than I already am. I try to leave wiggle room for alternate realities. Yes, everyone that wants a Styrofoam sculpture (also affectionately known as “Foamies”) and knows me probably already has several. I also freely donate them to the plethora of art auctions around here that make up the not for profit fund raising scene. Would you like one? I also make and send my own Falls of the Ohio holiday cards. Nothing like looking at art made from past Christmasi to get you in the spirit for more.

  2. November 29, 2010 at 12:12 pm

    Great post. Thanks for sharing. I particularly liked the Earth timelapse. Found that t be very effective.

    • November 29, 2010 at 3:27 pm

      Hi incompletehistory. Glad you liked the timelapse video. I so liked the perspective in it–as if one were flying overhead very very fast. Hope your novel has or is nearing completion on schedule.

  3. November 29, 2010 at 2:02 am

    I’d never heard of your black friday, until watching the news the recently – very strange! this whole consumerist society is strange!

    • November 29, 2010 at 2:11 am

      Hi Gabrielle–yes the consume till you drop and rot society is very strange indeed. Much of this is corporate retail manipulation for years and years. Scary how easily people can be lead, isn’t it?

  4. Meg said,

    November 27, 2010 at 3:50 pm

    Eva thank you for posting this.

    I would love it if we dropped the whole Christmas gift giving thing. I am all for the hand made gifts. Wish I could get my whole family on board with it. Both as givers and receivers.

    • November 29, 2010 at 2:08 am

      Hi Meg. Handmade gifts are wonderful for all they represent. Maybe the trick is to just DO it and see if anyone follows your example?

  5. echostains said,

    November 27, 2010 at 2:00 pm

    A great post Eva! Good points – theres nothing I can disagree about there. I didn’t know what the term Black Friday meant until I read this. I hate all that shopping madness – Christmas and Sales. Theres a hideous stampeding mentality about those people – not to mention greed!

    • November 29, 2010 at 2:05 am

      Awww, well GREED is what drives much of America, Lynda. It’s something we’ve got so much of that nothing else seems to really matter at the TOP. I guess you could say that the stampedes are doing their version of Wall Streeters. Hmm. Slaves to the Corporate Person?

  6. lynnwiles said,

    November 27, 2010 at 4:06 am

    There’s a new movement called Plaid Friday for people to go to their local independently owned stores to shop on the day after Thanksgiving and wear something plaid. That sounds a lot better than Black Friday, but for me the best solution is to stay far away from any shopping madness.

    • November 29, 2010 at 2:03 am

      Plaid Friday–hmm–and where is this revolution taking place, Lynn? Sounds like someone still is nursing a sense of humor.

  7. November 27, 2010 at 3:58 am

    I won’t go anywhere near a shopping center or mall on Black Friday. I can’t think of anything I need that badly.

    • November 29, 2010 at 2:01 am

      Does anyone need most of what is bought on Black Friday, Dennis? Smart Vizsla to stay home and play with Trouble and the rest of the gang. Hi.

  8. November 26, 2010 at 10:48 pm

    Here in Victoria, Australia, Black Friday is the name given to the day in 1939 when there were devastating bushfires. The day of our more recent fires in 2009 is called Black Saturday. This is the first I have heard about your shopping holiday, and seems to me like a bizarre name!
    Mobs of shoppers fighting for bargains have such an air of fear about them. As if buying enough stuff will neutralize our mortality. Our biggest sales are on Boxing Day. Great way to top off Christmas.
    As Kate says, it is a sign of disconnection from reality, and also of disconnection from each other. Great post. Thank you.

    • November 27, 2010 at 3:43 am

      Well, it also has always sounded weird to me too, Kirsty. Those mobs have resulted in injuries and even fatalities. It’s very very strange all told. Total manipulation by the corporate retail world for its own gain as usual.
      Glad you ‘enjoyed’ my venting.

  9. clegyrboia said,

    November 26, 2010 at 9:37 pm

    whoo the drawing is amazing

    many years ago i said no to christmas and the madness around it. I celebrate winter solstice, and this year i will go to a special forest to remember my own tribal history.

    the rest of the year i celebrate the Celtic festivals the wheel of 8 going with the seasons not going where the money is.

    • November 27, 2010 at 3:40 am

      Clegyrboia, hello. Glad you enjoy my ‘drawing’.
      Going to a special forest sounds wonderful to me. I bet Kate shares that in Big Sur.
      “Going with the seasons”–like going with the Earth.
      smile

  10. bigsurkate said,

    November 26, 2010 at 9:03 pm

    Excellent post, Eva. Similar souls shaking our heads in disbelief about this disturbing evidence of our nation’s disconnect with reality.

    Sometimes, I am lost in despair, and then I find many more kindred souls, like yourself, and I am hopeful again!

    • November 27, 2010 at 3:37 am

      Perhaps we all need to ‘connect’, Kate. Not just for hope but for ‘action.’ Thank you.


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