My new "black friday" tradition.
I'm sure everybody by now has heard the news about the Wal-Mart employee in New Jersey that was trampled to death when he opened the door on Black Friday to let shoppers in. People that know me know that I'm one of the biggest supporters of capitalism around, but what happened to this gentleman gave me pause. Jdimytai Damour was a temporary employee hired by Walmart for the Christmas season. Who would have ever thought that something like this could have ever happen? I can understand people wanting to get a good bargain on their gifts, but what happened Friday goes way beyond an explanation, rationality or reason. They're was reports that co workers tried to reach Mr. Damour and they were almost trampled as well. Shoppers were still running into the store as the paramedics were trying to revive him.
Part of me couldn't believe that people would be so shallow and ignorant that they would break down a door and trample a man to death just to get bargains on some made in China stuff. I know people were shopping for Christmas, but this isn't what Christmas is suppose to be about! People have indeed lost their minds. I remember when I was 11 years old. Back then the must have toy was the Cabbage Patch Kid dolls. I remember the news stories of parents beating each other up trying to get a doll.
People need to grasp reality and realize that "Jesus is the reason for the season of Christmas not Black Friday sales. For some reason I can't let go of this story. I said a few weeks ago that I seen the ugly side of our citizens in the way Obama loyalists treated Sarah Palin. The Black Friday incident is right up there as well. From every tragedy a lesson should be learned. I hope people realize that there is nothing wrong with materialism, but they should also realize that it should not consume them. Just like people that see Obama as some sort of God. When people take leave of their sense and focus on something so intensely without reason, this kind of mindlessness will always follow. As I said before, I believe something good must come from this senseless death. I always give an online donation to the Salvation Army every year around Christmas time. Well from now on I will make it a tradition to always donate on every Black Friday instead. It will be my small part in showing that Christmas should be more about helping people not just just helping ourselves to stuff.