The Implications of Black Friday

As you’re arguably aware, Black Friday occurred a few days ago. The existence of this day in the midst of American Thanksgiving celebrations has never seemed quite right, in my personal opinion, and I thought I would share and expand my thoughts on this day of extreme savings in the world of sales.

I will be honest in saying that I have certainly taken full advantage of Black Friday in my own life, and further Cyber Monday. These two days offer significant savings in terms of consumerism, and millions of people respond to these savings with interest, and unfortunately in some cases, aggression and greed. I would bet that a majority of individuals have seen or heard of incidences that have occurred on Black Friday, these incidences consisting of verbal and physical altercations in regards to a particular item that has been marked down in price.

I honestly find it ironic that Black Friday is affiliated with American Thanksgiving celebrations. Thanksgiving is a time to spend time with people in your life that mean the most to you and you are grateful for, yet many people associate Thanksgiving with Black Friday, a day that emphasizes consumerism, money, and materialistic desires. Does the entire concept of Black Friday not contradict the purpose of Thanksgiving? In a time to be mindful of things you are grateful for, a time to acknowledge the blessings you have in your life, is it really appropriate to be arguing with other shoppers over an item that has been decreased in price? It is an appropriate time to be spending money on things we want and desire, yet may not necessarily need?

This is my own opinion, and as I stated I, too, have participated in Black Friday. Every year I think about these implications, and how Black Friday seemingly takes precedence over Thanksgiving.

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