Thanks-Giving or Thanks-Getting


This last week was Thanksgiving break for everyone in the United States. I was able to see my family and eat Thanksgiving dinner with them. That night though, Millions of people nationwide huddled outside all night long to be able to be the first in the shops the morning of Black Friday. I must admit that I was one of them. I realized something though. Thanksgiving has turned into nothing more than the pregame for a night and day of selfishness. Why are we so wrapped up in materialism, and why would our nation’s shopping industry decide that right after Thanksgiving is the best time for people to go shopping for the best deals? We care so much about materialism because we have all been incorporated into a society that tells us that the more toys we have, the happier we will be. Every ad agency wants us to see that the people in their ads are happier than we are, and the reason why, is because they have a certain product. But that’s not true, and one very key value portrayed by Thanksgiving is that we should be thankful for everything we have, even if we don’t have everything we want. It’s almost as if we get our five minutes of being thankful for our family, life, and the people around us during Thanksgiving and then BOOM, Black Friday is near and everyone abandons this idea of thankfulness, and chases the idea that they need more, more, more. I think it was a horrible idea for Black Friday to be placed on the day after Thanksgiving. Why can’t we be thankful for what we have for at least a whole week? Black Friday should be after a holiday that doesn’t portray appreciation. Thanksgiving comes, and then thanks-getting comes. This really shows the world what our society values, and breaks apart the reason for why Thanksgiving was created a National holiday.

-Zachary

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