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ReFraming Black Friday

November 24, 2014

A piece I wrote last year, but one I think retains its relevance in 2014.

Before the turkey gets cold on Thanksgiving, millions of Americans will prepare themselves for the retail quest that is Black Friday. My concern is not the shopping event itself, but the number of Americans whose identity is enslaved to unhealthy and unsustainable habits of acquisition, debt, discontent, further acquisition, increased debt, deepened discontentment, etc…

Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and the holiday retail season are for many the beginning of yet another cycle of material acquisition, just as the previous cycle comes to a close. After all, the items we purchased last year should be cast aside for what is upgraded, updated, and repackaged in a newer version. Why? Because the items from last year are so, well…365 days ago. Pay no attention to the fact that you are still paying off the debt incurred from those “old” items (and perhaps some items from the year before that), just make the…

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