Friday, November 28, 2008

Buy Nothing Day

Today is Buy Nothing Day, to counteract the consumer craziness that happens on the Friday after Thanksgiving, when stores open a 4 am with big sales, and stampedes occur at Wal-mart and elsewhere. The idea is to encourage people to live more simply, give their credit cards a rest, and, in general, not partake in the "culture of excess and meaningless consumption."

I'm all for that. Shopping and spending has gotten way out of hand, to the point where people think they can cure cultural malaise or economic problems by rushing to the mall. Especially for those of us who live in the U.S., it's time to change our ways. Stay home (or go out) and play music.


Melissa said...

Well, we had to buy something today: a mouse and a new heat lamp. Are we still okay? :)

Maricello said...

Yes, snakes must be properly cared for. :-)

Likewise, I allowed by husband the purchase of three muffins (locally made by an enterprising young woman with Down syndrome who started her own bakery).