11.28.2008

Black Friday

“Wal-Mart Employee Trampled to Death by Customers”

This headline is, tragically, not a joke. There isn’t much too say in response to a headline such as this. In order to “save” (it’s always amused me how the advertising industry will use the word “save” in an effort to try and convince you to spend. You can’t save money by spending it) a few bucks on shit they didn’t need a human life was taken.

The effectiveness with which consumerism has “successfully” brainwashed an entire culture is one of the more frightening psychological developments to come about in the last 100 years.

I often wonder, how did we get here? Where did the devolution process begin?

A few years back the BBC put out a documentary titled “The Century of The Self”. It starts out with Freud’s ideas of human nature and the ability to control societies by preying not on the strengths of humanity, but on its weaknesses.

I firmly believe that capitalism has been the incubator in which the idea of “self above everything else” has not only been nurtured but also been fed a consistent diet of dissatisfaction with everything in life.

The simple act of living is no longer satisfactory. To be “alive” is to be left wanting.

This is not only a horrible way to “live”, but also an equally deplorable way to die.

2 Comments:

Blogger kelsey lee said...

I can't believe what happened to the employee and that things like this have happened before and yet, Black Friday keeps going strong. I'm ashamed to admit my family was just talking about it and turned it into a joke. But I called them on it and let them know it wasn't funny.

So disgusted.

6:22 PM  
Blogger Lisa said...

Oh my God! That's horrifying.

"not only been nurtured but also been fed a consistent diet of dissatisfaction with everything in life" -- agreed.

1:02 AM  

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