posted on Oct, 30 2007 @ 10:52 AM
Now I wasn't really sure if this should be in this forum or maybe the social issues forum in Above Politics.
Hmmm Social and Spiritual... Oh well it's here now!
Festivals the senseless waste of oh so many things.
I am going to start with Halloween. I sit here typing this a mere 30 minutes away from the said festival and that and the Christmas decorations that I
saw being put up in the shopping mall just the other day really got me thinking.
The candy - Extra special packaging for the season, special plastic buckets to put it in or plastic bags with pumpkins printed on to put it in first
before you give it out. Then there is the fact that it is food... How many people are there in this world that will be going hungry tonight.
The Pumpkins - Again a food resource issue. I don't know how many pumpkin related fire happen each year, but I'll bet there's a few.
The costumes - how many people will go out and buy a cheap costume wear it once and throw it away. People are freezing to death, some people have no
roof over there head. Cloth is a precious resource that again we choose to waste.
I'm sure there are other things, but I'm sure you get the picture. And just so you don't think I having a bash at Americans and Canadians because
halloween is mostly theirs. Two weeks ago here in Hong Kong it was Chong Yeurn (spl) which is a grave cleaning festival also called the Hungry
Offerings - paper is burned and insence is lit (lots of it) Roast pigs and joints of meat are offered as well as fruit. What a huge waste not to
mention the fact that every year they cause loads of hill fires which is just retarded: it happens every year!
Thats about it with this one, but they said on the news that most families were spending around $125US on offerings. Multiply that by say 500'000
families!! crazy money people!
Now there are lots of other festivals out there. I'd really like to hear about other festivals from other cultures and religions and how they effect
the social, economic and environmental worlds that we live in!