Black Friday (1)
I hate the very term "Black Friday," since it's one of those "traditions" of unknown origin doubtless invented by marketing weasels to encroach on Thanksgiving, which has remained resolutely non-monetized, or at least non-commercial, certainly compared to Xmas, Halloween, Valentine's Day, Mother's Day, Father's Day, Money Day.... I mean, the very idea is that right after Thanksgiving, maybe at 3 in the morning, we're supposed to line up outside the closest big box store, pushing and shoving, and consume. Duty NOW NOW NOW! It's disgusting. Again, again, again:
The crisis we are facing today arises from the fact there there is almost no more social, cultural, natural, and spiritual capital left to convert into money. Centuries, millennia of near-continuous money creation has left us so destitute that we have nothing left to sell.
Forbes–a longtime Native American activist and professor–roots his critique of civilization in the perspective of the indigenous peoples who were subjected to genocide, ecocide, and terrorism at the behest of European conquerors. To explain this, Forbes introduces readers to the Native American concept of the “Wetiko” psychosis–the disease of cannibalism:
“Wetiko is a Cree term which refers to a cannibal or, more specifically, an evil person or spirit who terrorizes other creatures by means of terrible evil acts, including cannibalism.”
Forbes argues that Columbus–the first conqueror–carried this “terribly contagious psychological disease” and introduced it to the Americas. He argues that western civilization is built on imperialism and exploitation, which are essentially forms of cannibalism. Forbes defines cannibalism as “the consuming of another’s life for one’s own private purpose or profit.”
NOTE One fifth of all retail sales from Black Friday? Anybody heard the phrase "all your eggs in one basket?"