* Referring to Gordon Gekko’s famous quote from the movie, Wall Street: The point is ladies and gentlemen that greed, for lack of a better word, is good.
He that is greedy for gain troubleth his own house
Proverbs 15:27a (21st Century King James Version)
When it comes to greed and the worship of Mammon, there’s no time like the Holidays. And just when you think the shit couldn’t get crazier, check out this gem from the Huffington Post:
Another Retailer Forces Employees To Give Up Their Thanksgiving – http://huff.to/1dXM67X
Back in the mid-late 80s, and then in 1997-98, I worked retail. I worked for big name stores like Macy’s, Bloomingdale’s and OfficeMax as well as chain shops. Yes, I worked “Black Friday”, however I never worked on Thanksgiving. And I definitely did not work Christmas Day!
Now, in their race to bolster sagging profits and cater to consumer greed, retailers are opening early in the evening on Thanksgiving Day-the time many Americans would be enjoying their meals. It doesn’t matter that employees will be giving up holiday time with loved ones to feed our Holiday greed for the latest whatever. Oh, and don’t forget that retail execs will be enjoying their Thanksgiving with their friends and loved ones.
When we have retailers willing to open on Thanksgiving, or shoppers who will camp outside the night before Black Friday to get a “bargain”, it shows how low we’ve become. We’ve echoed Gekko’s timeless phrase from noted above. We’ve devolved into a greedy bunch who don’t care how we inconvenience hard working, low paid retail workers who want to spend some precious moments with loved ones-even if it’s just watching football. We’re so immature and unable to delay gratification for the latest/coolest/upgraded/on-sale/sexiest/whatever-est item that’s out there, we’ll sacrifice the Holiday of some poor salesperson-and our own-just to get that item.
Think what you will of Thanksgiving and the Christmas season, however I find them times where we can celebrate the coming forth of the Christ in our lives. They’re times for us to come together and celebrate as a human family. Yes, they’re times for us to make merry and celebrate life itself. However, we’re not. We’re leaving family at home to camp out in front of the store for Thanksgiving Night and Black Friday specials. We crowd malls like herds of cattle just to get to some item in a store. We make others suffer time away from their loved ones to cater to us and to honor the Almighty Dollar. And as Proverbs warns us, we’re troubling our houses-socially and financially.
As we go about our Thanksgiving, let’s remember those who are working that day. Yes I know there are other groups who work that day; however let’s remember the faceless sales person who has to leave his/her family and friends to work on Thanksgiving. Let’s petition these retailers so maybe they’ll give people back their Thanksgiving (and Christmas). Let’s realize that greed is not good…
…It’s just greed-plain and simple.