Southern Religion

Buy Nothing Day/Week/Life

No one has to die under the feet of door-busting, Black Friday shoppers this morning. The 34-year-old employee who was trampled at a Long Island, N.Y., store last year would have been spared had more people celebrated Black Friday as Buy Nothing Day.

On Buy Nothing Day, some of us celebrate our own refusal to be stampeded by the kind of fear-driven consumerism that kills relatively few people outright, but is deadly to lasting human happiness and a livable planet. As the video below explains:

Rather than shop, you can just kick back and listen to Buy Nothing Day: The Album, organize a repudiation of the prosperity gospel or just enjoy not going to the mall.

You can begin walking that path any day of any week, and keep walking.

The odd underlying idea is living within our means.

November 27, 2009 Posted by | Cultural, Economy, Health | , | Comments Off on Buy Nothing Day/Week/Life