I just needed permission to say ENOUGH! – ENOUGH to the frenzied rush to buy stuff for people who already have everything.”
Enough to the myth that happiness must be purchased. Enough to an economy that is awarding CEOs salaries 500 times that of their workers and still manages to seduce people in poverty and wealth alike to give more money to these predatorial corporations. Enough to the American dream that now consumes over 40 percent of the world’s stuff with less than 6 percent of the world’s resources. Enough to a dream that would need four more planets if the world pursued it … a dream the world cannot afford.
I will proudly admit that Shane Clairborne is perhaps my number one Christian author. He is a strong advocate of “being” a Christian instead of just believing the “right” things.
I have never heard of “Buy Nothing” day but I have been unknowingly participating in it for a score of years. Black Friday as it is now known is kind of shameful to me especially when I see so much real need in the world. Family credit card debt continues to climb to absurd levels and the period between Thanksgiving and Christmas significantly adds to it. I say a statistic the other day the most families will spend more than $800 on gifts for each other. As for me and my family we will be giving that money to the homeless shelter that I volunteer at.