It has been interesting to hear stories of conversation and community occurring in lines for the shopping and purchasing experience that is commonly known as Black Friday. What does this “Black Friday” do to us? How does it shape us? Is it valuable for our personhood?
I value financial responsibility and cost-savings at least insofar as consideration and responsibility is granted regarding the expense that my potential “savings” brings to someone else. “Cost and consumption” is an important part of our decision-making process. Within appropriate cost and consumption parameters, is the “Black Friday” phenomenon a healthy part of our individual humanity and communal society?
I continue to fight my own habits of over indulgence and consumption so I avoid Black Friday “deals” not only for my own discipline but also to not participate in the broader metanarrative of addictive over-consumption and expenditure of resources inappropriately symbolizing the coming of God in the form of man. It seems as though our attempt to celebrate God entering into the human dilemma of brokenness is more symbolic of our brokenness than it is celebratory. Perhaps there is some convoluted embracing and enacting of our brokenness that enhances our knowledge and experience of God’s gift to us.
There may be some benefits to “Black Friday” but I continue to wonder how we might reframe the moments when we find ourselves conversating and creating community. How might we reshape our over-consumption culture? Do we embrace it? Do we engage it? Do we reform it? How might we reimagine an alternative reality?