Is shopping really a hobby? Is it really be a pastime that leads to happiness? Who does Black Friday really benefit? Us? Shop owners? GDP?
I took a quick look at instagram today and it was full of ads. I walked through Fremantle yesterday and had a similar experience. Black Friday is the day when people go into further debt. Where the Earth's finite resources are chewed up at an increasing rate. Where marketers are paid big money to convince us of scarcity and to incite a buying panic.
We are more than what we own. Convenience always has a cost. Our stuff burdens us in other ways that the shiny adverts don't ever hint at. I'm spending today doing something meaningful, and I'm certainly not going to buy something.
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