I have at least four posts in my head about the previously posted idea of life. Though a post on Black Friday may not initially sound as though it pertains to the question "what is life?," it does, indeed, address the issue on life on a number of levels. Here is an excerpt from one of my posts last year:
"The day marked for the celebration of the birth of Jesus is nearing. Comments are frequently made about the origination of the holiday being pagan. I would argue that which was pagan and made religious has largely become pagan again. The celebration that we now call Christmas has become the commercial exploitation of God coming into the brokenness of humanity. I will continue to add some posts on the repulsivity of consumerism."
Another post read as follows:
"Jesus wept. It is a sentence often quoted as the shortest verse in the Bible. On Friday, it was a reality. Not just because of Black Friday monetary spending but because of the addiction to consumption and lust for material possession and/or entertainment.
This coming Friday, millions of people will sacrifice a full night of sleep and either stay up all night or awake very early to drive their vehicles to shopping malls and retail stores across the country. Long lines, crammed traffic grids, and hateful behaviors are no deterents from the "cost savings" for the mass purchasing of items that may or may not be needed. We’ll discuss the idea of a "need" soon (for those of you coming to the Narrative Gathering on Monday nights be thinking about what a need is). Black Friday is an interesting social phenomenon. Why do consumers think they are "saving" money? Do consumers consider what money actually is? Are the majority of purchases on Black Friday for items that would be purchased even if "sales" didn’t exist? Is the purchasing of items encouraging unfair trade or even slavery in other countries? Pick a question or add a question and we’ll kick it around. Of course, my hope is that we all begin to consider the fullness of what it means to consume, buy, worship, purchase, and enslave while imagining what alternative behavior may be more life sustaining.