We’ve Become A Nation Of Scavengers

America on Black Friday. 😦

How did we become a nation of scavengers? Are we such an impoverished nation that we have to fight and kill one another just to get new TVs? Are we a nation of animals?

After seeing this, I don’t want to do any holiday shopping at all. I don’t want to contribute to this madness and greed.


Author: Doug

A fellow who dwells upon the Pale Blue Dot who spends his days obsessing over things like Buddhism, KPop music, foreign languages, BSD UNIX and science fiction.

3 thoughts on “We’ve Become A Nation Of Scavengers”

  1. Agreed! Every year we see this kind of behavior. I honestly don’t understand it. What could be so important, other than food and water, that would provoke this type of mob mentality? To me this shows the most primitive side of human nature. I just shake my head. Disturbing to say the least.


  2. Totally agree with you here its be the worse thing that has happen in a good while, people fighting over material stuff that doesn’t bring them anything only superficial happiness its pretty sad to see, what people are doing.


  3. Reblogged this on Nights on Venus and commented:
    Re-blogging this as I’m currently working on a couple of posts I won’t get finished ’til probably next week – one on Jango Internet Radio and the other on Marshall Crenshaw’s 3rd installment (“Driving and Dreaming”) of his EP series – and we’ve just passed through the yearly insanity known as ‘Black Friday.’

    I think in calling this a ‘nation of scavengers’ Doug is actually being somewhat diplomatic. My own assessment of what we’re seeing increasingly every year at this time is a bit more harsh – greedy, unconscious cannibals (zombies, lemmings, whatever term you prefer…). If you’re familiar with some Buddhism… “the realm of the hungry ghosts.” Get what you can before somebody else does and “takes what’s yours”… And this is actually encouraged by these large corporations who pit people against each other with messages of “while supplies last.” Encouraged into the worst kinds of social behavior all over essentially worthless STUFF, truly. Stuff that will most likely be forgotten or have to be replaced in only a few years (see more videos from Thanksgiving day here: http://gawker.com/the-best-walmart-thanksgiving-day-fight-videos-1473555155).

    God forbid there should ever be food shortages on the shelves at your local supermarket…

    They’re ‘zombies’ in the sense that this shopping ‘frenzy’ has become a conditioned response by now through mainstream media and the tools of marketing/advertising. Conditioned consumerism. Greed, ill-will (toward others), and delusion (through the media) is the institutionalized American way of life. What we’ve become is a nation whose value system is completely out of whack and insane and doesn’t know what is truly important anymore…


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