« Advent! | Main | How Do You Solve A Problem Like a 37-Pound Turkey? »
Saturday
Nov292008

Black Friday

Police surround the body of Jdimytai Damour, the employee who was trampled to death by Wal-Mart shoppers in Long Island, NY on Friday morning.

The world is too much with us; late and soon,
Getting and spending, we lay waste our powers;
Little we see in Nature that is ours;
We have given our hearts away, a sordid boon!
This Sea that bares her bosom to the moon,
The winds that will be howling at all hours,
And are up-gathered now like sleeping flowers,
For this, for everything, we are out of tune;
It moves us not.
--William Wordsworth

References (1)

References allow you to track sources for this article, as well as articles that were written in response to this article.

Reader Comments (6)

I've only shopped on Black Friday once. It was the year we returned from Brazil. I went with a friend and felt like it was such an iconic, American thing to be doing. (I felt very out of the loop). I was so upset by what I saw and how my friend acted. I haven't gone since and I certainly never will again. I don't want to play that game.

December 1, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKaren

I don't do Black Friday either. I just don't have the energy. It does seem like the embodiment of materialism. It is so sad about the man who was killed--so sad!

December 1, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterHeidi Ashworth

This whole situation illustrates the absolute worst of our society.

December 1, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJen of A2eatwrite

It's insane how inhumane we humans can act? How is this possible?

December 2, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterGoofball

This story made me feel physically ill, and Wordsworth (with your help) put it in words better than I could ever hope to.

December 2, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKimberly

Yes, this sickened me.
I boycott Black Friday, as a rule. Try to avoid the mall and most stores altogether in December.
Wordsworth captured a universal truth here.

December 3, 2008 | Unregistered Commentercharrette

PostPost a New Comment

Enter your information below to add a new comment.

My response is on my own website »
Author Email (optional):
Author URL (optional):
Post:
 
Some HTML allowed: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <code> <em> <i> <strike> <strong>