Friends and Comrades,
As we enjoy our families, our turkey and your many blessings; a sinister shadow creeps across the land. A pestilence that bleeds us dry and erases the color of our souls. A cheap boredom that bares its insatiable fangs: Black Friday.
I’m not sure it is necessary to talk much about Black Friday. Whats the point of explicating a mistake we know so well?
Better instead to try and explicate a holiday that has pushed against the Black Friday mob. Since the early 90′s activists have been urging North Americans to celebrate Buy Nothing Day. Buy Nothing Day has functioned as a day to withdraw ourselves from the rush of consumerism at a time when its gross features are the fattest. It could be of real value to participate in this holiday–to enjoy leftovers and immerse ourselves in family and true thanksgiving; a good alternative to the hungry techno-bloodlust at the big corporate outlets.
The 2013 Fall Farm Staff at Loyola Student Farm officially support Buy Nothing Day in opposition to Buy Everything Nightmare. And even if you find yourself in a pickle and have to buy some pickles for the grandkids; we urge you to make an effort to avoid the madness of the big box outlets. If anything, think of the workers who are being forced to clock in on Thanksgiving night till early the next morning.
Do we even have to get into the unsustainability of this practice? The absurdity of this consumer deluge? We think not–we know our audience is smarter than that.