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reply to post by St0rD
Disturbing? Yes. I don't necessarily see this as a human sickness, but rather human nature. People always have, and likely always will, rush on a resource they deem valuable especially if it is perceived to be in short-supply. Think of mob behaviors during riots, etc. Hell, I've seen little children act that way with candy tossed from parade floats. Pettiness and greed sum up most of humanity nicely.
I agree humans have always rushed on a ressource they deemed valuable, but when this ressource become a piece of unnecessary material, only there to entertain us, that's when I believe we can question ourselves about the health of our mind.
There is a lot of greed on this planet right now, especially with this enormous society of consommation, but I sincerely believe there will be a time when mankind will understand materalisim doesn't bring happiness.
I understand your point, and agree that consumerism and consumption are seemingly at all time highs. Just to play Devil's advocate a little (not to be argumentative or combative), isn't distraction from the world around us in some ways a necessity? I think there is some value in blowing-off steam, and see it as helpful for mental health. Is deprivation from material goods always the right and good thing?
Is there something totally unnecessary that you find of value or interest and would have a hard time giving up, or may cause you to act in a manner you wouldn't normally? Are the people in the video behaving in a reasonable manner? Debatable. Where does one draw the line with essential vs. non-essential material goods? (We)The masses need "bread and circuses" and what happens when they are taken away?
O.K. is it just me or does Black Friday(and game console debuts) seem like the Easter Egg hunt for adults?
I know there are many insane people that go shopping on that day, yadda yadda. However, I have had several middle aged New Yorker females as friends...their reason for going out was the excitement of going. It wasn't even the products as much as it was the finding the products. The swooping in and finding a deal, right before someone else snatches it away.
It's a #ing Easter Egg hunt but with sales and long lines. For adults.
That's my take.
One day they'll learn the truth of Ayn Rand's maxim: You can ignore reality, but you can't ignore the consequences of ignoring reality. Eventually they'll learn they can't bandage over the problems in their lives with electronic gadgets and shiny new things.