Black Friday truly seems like a black day to me this year.
Who needs to bring loaded weapons to a Toys “R” Us? (11/30, A-2. “Toy store shooting followed fight”) And the gangsters open fire and kill each other? I understand that they weren’t raised to respect their own lives, but what about those innocent children at the toy store?
A bargain at Wal-Mart is so great that it’s worth trampling a store employee to get? (11/29, A-5, “Wal-Mart worker killed in stampede”) And the shoppers were outraged that they were being asked to leave before making their purchases “only” because a store employee was killed in the stampede? Do we just blame it on not having enough coffee because it’s so early in the morning?
If the thrill of saving a few dollars on luxuries we probably can’t afford or don’t need is greater than the value of human life, we need to reconsider our priorities. Is our society as a whole missing the true spirit of the holidays? Is our greed taking control? Is it a bargain if we lose all of our own goodness? Can Congress provide a bailout for our lack of good judgment and morality?
“I am the Lord thy God. Thou shalt not have false gods before me.”
The shootout at Toys “R” Us in California, the trampling death at Wal-Mart in New York and myriad other examples of greed and gluttony on Black Friday from coast to coast leave no doubt that our society worships the false god of the almighty dollar.
God have mercy on us.
Kansas City, Kan.