Greed kills man

Black Friday A crowd of bargain hungry New York shoppers trampled a Walmart store worker yesterday in their anxiety to grab a bargain at 5am!  200 people took the doors off the hinges as they rushed in, trampling the man to death and knocking over a pregnant woman at the same time. 

Apparently very early morning sales following Thanksgiving are something of  tradition and this was not the only incident of this kind on so called ‘Black Friday’, which has something of black reputation of this kind of episode.  I know that there is a financial crisis  but this seems to epitomise the very worst of the consumer society.

We all have dreams and things that we want in our lives but the unfettered drive to have rather than to be is one of the banes of the consumer society.  Time for a change?

“We tend to forget that happiness doesn’t come as a result of getting something we don’t have, but rather of recognizing and appreciating what we do have.”   Frederick Keonig

“Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s need, but not every man’s greed”   Mahatma Gandhi

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