Today is Black Friday, but did you know that it is also Buy Nothing Day? A 24-hour moratorium on consumer spending. You might balk and say "that's a stupid idea", but is it really? Look around you. What do you see? Our economy is in some serious trouble. Unemployment is at an all time high, divorce rates are through the roof, obesity is staggering, people are losing their homes, our kids watch more TV and play more video games than ever before and mental illness is rampant. We are constantly on the go. Trying to keep up with our bills, trying to stop the walls from crumbling.
But they are crumbling already.
We haven't learned that a society built on the principles of mass consumerism isn't the way to go. It won't create lasting happiness, or bring us closer to our spiritual selves. Our sole purpose in life is not to spend, obtain, and have debt. Having a bigger house, a luxury car, an $ 80K a year job, and a surplus of credit cards does not contribute to the evolution of our human race. We need to stop our wasteful habits and start living a greener, simpler life. We need to slow down, stop the greed, and embrace what's really important in this life... Relationships, people, community, love and family.
Not spending on Black Friday might be a small step towards a bigger change, but it's a step none the less. A necessary step that is imperative for the survival of our race and this planet we live on. We cannot continue on the way things are. We have already done significant damage to our earth due to our wasteful ways. Take one small step towards a sustainable future by not being a consumer today.
If you need a reason to participate in Buy Nothing Day, I urge you to watch this 20 minute movie called The Story of Stuff with Annie Leonard. You can check it out by visiting the website: http://www.storyofstuff.com/. It is worth every minute of your time.
Also - If you'd like to raise awareness for Buy Nothing Day and write about it, or spread the word. Join the Bloggers Unite Campaign: http://www.bloggersunite.org/event/buy-nothing-day-2009.
The official campaign website for Buy Nothing Day can be found here: https://www.adbusters.org/campaigns/bnd
Buy Nothing Day is celebrated around the world by people just like you, people who look around and say "this can't be the meaning of life".