Updated: Nov 30, 2019
Welcome to this glorious Black Friday, November 29, 2019. How do you plan to spend this rare and precious day that will never come again?
It’s maddeningly ironic to me that on the day after we give thanks for all that we have in our lives, many feverishly shop till they drop – Getitude (Thanks for the word, DC!). It’s maddening to me because it is me! It’s how I lived! I openly admit that for most of my life, I was driven to accumulate material wealth. Though beyond my teenage years I may have never admitted it, I pretty much lived as though ‘he who dies with the most toys wins.’ So, Black Friday, heck ya! I get it!
We live in a society of consumerism which is driven by dissatisfaction and desire – according to Buddha, dissatisfaction is the cause of suffering.
Satisfying our desire through shopping, albeit temporarily, is remarkably effective. And the people who sell you these products know it. In think tanks around the world, corporate executives and marketin