I would like to offer an opinion...
But don't get offended.
This affects most...but certainly not all...of you.
People in this country (America) are absolutely programmed.
They make choices by what has been told to them, not on their own.
They listen closely to the television and it dictates how they act.
Consumerism, materialism....it's one in the same.
It's a choice that a person makes.
To let money consume their lives or not.
To let money rule their lives, more like it...
Every last one of you make that choice!
If you give in to all the "traditions" of these holidays, you made the money choice.
If you allow yourself to let shopping rule over actual quality family time...
The list goes on.
Because before these holidays were even invented...there was no "money" involved.
By that, I mean little marketing towards youth, or jewelry, or consumerism.
We may have exchangsd gifts, but without all the glorified spending habits.
There were no lines at the store to get the best deal for a spoiled child (or adult
Basically no television programming to dictate your lives.
When you participate in the consumerism of these holidays...
You are allowing a television to control you.
These holidays were never meant to be about money.
Or shopping for that matter.
Or mass-panicked, frenzied, do-anything-for-a-deal, swarthes of people.
But because our lust for material things is ever increasing, and fed by television, we won't learn.
That is why I don't allow money to rule my life.
Because I believe it has ruined so many.
edit on 27-11-2011 by havok because: Clarity