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Economics, Health

Fantastic Friday: #BlockFriday Edition

Credit: Alex Slitz/Daily News/AP

 

A picture tells a thousand words right?

The day after Thanksgiving might possibly be my least hopeful day of the year.  Just a microcosm of so much that is unbalanced within American society.  I’ve written about it last year so I don’t really want to rehash old stuff…but the more things change the more they stay the same.

  • People camping out in lines since Wednesday
  • Fights for whatever’s on sale
  • Children being abandoned by their parents in the rush for “bargains”

I’ll stop there, even though there’s more, since that short list alone is enough to make me sick to the stomach.

Suffice it to say, the real sickness may actually lie in the fact that so many people feel the need to do all of this, and that pushing and shoving others out of the way for the $399 flat screen (regularly priced $599) makes them feel like a boss.  I hate saying any behavior is irrational since I always believe that whatever one does is done for a reason, even if I don’t agree with the reason.  And, personally, I believe the reason people get crazed over Black Friday and America’s consumerist culture in general to be an unhealthy one.

Enter #BlockFriday, an attempt to make us more healthy.  As it states clear as day on the website…

Let’s take back Black Friday to be mindful of the way we spend our time and money.

Block Friday started as a way to remind ourselves that even as we begin the holiday shopping season in earnest, we can still be mindful of the way we’re spending our time and money. What are you Blocking Friday for this holiday season?

Many have submitted videos and testimonials of what they plan to do instead of shopping, ranging from resting, relaxing, spending time with family and friends, exercising, volunteering to help others and, of course, eating leftovers.  Take a look…

Doesn’t that sound so much more enjoyable than braving crowds for more stuff that you probably don’t need on one of the few vacations days you have?

Have a Fantastic Friday everyone!

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