above is my one “black friday!!….door-buster!!” deal. 10 poinsettias for 10 bucks. my mental state and stomach weren’t up for much more than that. my desire for a simpler christmas compounded when i heard of the mind-boggling (and frankly, disgusting) event in a new york wal-mart. trampled to death? rod dreher’s spot-on observance:
Note well that these weren’t starving masses desperate for bread. These were suburban jackasses who wanted TVs and consumer crap.
i came across this quote this morning from richard foster’s freedom of simplicity:
When taken as a whole, the media commercials constitute a world view, a rival religious philosophy about what constitutes blessedness. We are told by television that the most idiotic things will make us insanely happy. They may well make us insane, but it is genuinely doubtful that they will ever make us happy.
The purpose of all this media bombardment is to increase desire. The plan is to change “That’s extravagant” into “That would be nice to have,” and then into “I really need that,” and finally into “I’ve got to have it!”
We are taken in, duped, brainwashed. But it is done in such subtle ways that we do not realize what has happened. We think we are wise because we can easily see through the childish logic of the commercials. But the ad writer never intended us to believe those silly commercials, only to desire the product they advertise. And sure enough we buy, because the commercials accomplish their goal of inflaming our desire. pp 114-115
and then last night i watch a show that touched on child soldiers in africa. really now. could my head be messed with anymore? with prayer (and action) this is kind of exciting, though. i guess the trick is how to take everything that is coming at me and not crumbling under the weight of it.
fret not, friends and family. i still believe gifts are a good thing, but perhaps you should grow accustomed to more of the hand-made variety…say, like cute turkey cards? and lest you think my weekend was only full of gloom, we did get a tree and i made perhaps the best guacamole known to man.