29 November 2008

Jdimytai Damour We Will Slow Down

Jdimytai Damour We Will Slow Down

Three New York headlines the day after Black Friday, "Hell-Mart,"and "Frenzy" and "Death by Shopping." The temp worker Jdimytai Damour's face is smiling in a little oval frame in the corner. Then in the articles there are quotes from scholars and experts who make what has happened something we can understand, normal, not to be avoided.

We promise you Jdimytai that the professors of Consumerism won't normalize the terror of your last moments. This is the frenzied blur of greed that we all carry inside and wonder about. It's the Consumerism tumor-rumor - in us but incubating at an unforeseen rate. And things happen that make us money, that we buy, that we helplessly watch rise from our buying - like the Iraqi War, like the warming ocean. We Consumed it, we know we did. The purchases are so greased now, the plastic slides so easily - how do we pull out of the blur?

I read that there was a Magnavox flat-screen DVD player on sale at the Wal-Mart in Valley Stream, Long Island yesterday, available on Black Friday only, for $147. That is the deal that waits behind Jdimytai Damour. There he stands at the electronic doors, looking out at us. We stand in the darkness, pushing out with our elbows, spying the shiny packages up the aisles.

We are a distorted America standing in the pre-dawn darkness. We have turned our Pursuit of Happiness into this desperate feeling. Jdimytai watches us. We push on the glass.
Jdimytai Damour we will slow down! We will stop shopping!

Treehugger's Take
New York Times Article


Thanks for all you do!
Live your values. Love your country.
And, for heaven's sake: stop SHOPPING!

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