November 23, 2007
God hates shopping too?
(Doh. Why do you think they call it BLACK FRIDAY?)
Damn it! It's so cold today that I didn't want to go out shopping, and there isn't anything I want to buy right now. Plus I can't stand crowds. I'm just not cut out to be a shopper. But on the other hand I hate it when people tell me not to do something, and I don't like the Buy Nothing Day idea. It just strikes me as too contrived.
Mindless activist follower types bring out the natural contrarian in me. Anything that activists want me to do, I tend to instinctively want to not do. And vice versa. In this case, though, the problem is compounded by the fact that they want me not to do something that I already don't want to do.
But reading stuff like this makes me want to hightail it to the nearest shopping center:
It just might be the most well-known holiday on the activist calendar.Something about the conga lines of non-shoppers with empty carts just irritates me. I feel like just going out and buying something.
In fact, right now I'm ready to buy anything!
The Buy Nothing Day people link their cause to Global Warming, of course, and they are also trying to insinuate religion into it:
LOS ANGELES - Buy Nothing Day is getting a Jesus jolt. Performance artist Bill Talen assumes the persona of Reverend Billy, often accompanied by a gospel choir, to use the histrionics and cadences of a televangelist (think Jimmy Swaggart) in an anti-consumerism effort to convert people to his "Church of Stop Shopping."The piece links the Adbusters web site, which offers a litany of complaints, like this one about the "'vicious cycle' of consumerism":
- the chronic overwork to be able to spend more; the social disintegration resulting from overwork; the environmental damage caused by consumer waste; conflict over resources to supply consumer demand. In other words, a myriad of problems loosely bound by the innocent desire for an iPod or a luxury car collection.Geez, I had no idea that an innocent desire for an iPod was part of such wickedness.
Needless to say, Jesus is like totally behind Buy Nothing Day!
I should have known that shopping was for secular hedonists who hate God!
Maybe I still have time for a spitefully Satanic shopping spree.
posted by Eric on 11.23.07 at 06:26 PM
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