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Old 11-21-2005, 10:22 PM   #65
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Originally Posted by Jugs
Well ,the first part of my post was just a stupid joke to get your goat. And as for the second part, I wasn't referring to the states specifically, but to the general commercialism of Christmas everywhere. I'm not adverse to giving gifts, and I certainly plan on making every Christmas of my son's as memorable as possible, but the exploitation of every holiday out there wears me down. Even Hallowe'en is touted now as the perfect occasion to buy your spouse a new car!! We are a comsumer-focussed society, who buy, use, and dispose of materials so carelessly and without conscience. It gets me down.
Okay, you know how much I love my soapbox, so I'm going to stop there, and put the darn thing away.
Fortunately, I was playing with my goat - so, you didn't get it!!

I couldn't agree more about the commercialization of the holidays, though I did find it interesting that you admit, while you don't like it, you are still going to do it. It all seems to fall under that larger umbrella of disintegration of morals and family. Holidays were intended to celebrate something, whether it be religious or secular -- but we feel so guilty about working all the time, or ignoring our kids, that we use the holiday as an excuse to overindulge them.

As for being a consumer-focused society, as it has always been, so it shall always be. Our commercialism is no different than the commercialism of the Roman Empire, or the Anasazi indians, or the Incans. It isn't whether you change it or not -- it's how you react to it, how you manage it. We may be the first civilization to realize that it, in fact, does need to be managed.

Have faith -- and be of good cheer. There truly is hope on the horizon.
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