"Life itself is the proper binge."
For 24 hours, millions of people around the world do not participate -- in the doomsday economy, the marketing mind-games, and the frantic consumer-binge that's become our culture. We pause. We make a small choice not to shop. We shrink our footprint and gain some calm. Together we say to Exxon, Nike, Coke and the rest: enough is enough. And we help build this movement to rethink our unsustainable course.
â??Buy Nothing Dayâ? has been celebrated for 13 years. Have we seen less consumerism after rethinking "our unsustainable course"? Doubtful.
Frankly, lots of people who shop â??til they drop today are getting a start on holiday shopping. So, maybe we need to go to one likely source: Christmas. There is a Christmas Resistance Movement afoot. Will there ever be a â??Buy Nothing Christmasâ?? Probably not. Weâ??d put more than stores out of business. Think of all those people, products, and services out there that thrive on helping us reduce our holiday stress.
Iâ??ve noticed that this year in fact some people are pushing the holiday celebration even earlier. More holiday lawn decorations have been displayed in advance, some as early as Halloween. And, a local radio station has been playing Christmas music since October. Perhaps the stress of the holidays, counteracted by the euphoria of a world of make-believe, is preferable to the realities of a divided nation and a divisive war.
Personally, I find many, many good things happening around the holidays, the kinds of things that arenâ??t acquisitive. Yet, I could go for a little escapism. No, not at a shopping mall. How about at least imagining myself for a little while somewhere with â??no roads, no phone, no TVâ?....