Walmart, Starbucks, Kmart, Macy’s, Kohl’s, Target, JCPenny, ToysRUs, Sports Authority, Best Buy, GAP, RadioShack, Sears, and Staples. All remain open this Thanksgiving holiday drawing attention to some interesting questions.
Though having these businesses open seems all good for the shoppers who believe they are getting “deals”. Could being open on holidays be allowing for the slow erosion of workers rights in the social consciousness?
What could we expect next?
- 7 day work weeks – why do you need weekends…you can’t afford to go anywhere.
- 16 hour work days – you only need 8 hours of sleep anyway.
- Child labor – Children need to learn strong work ethics to pull their fair share instead of spending time “developing” their minds.
- Buying your own uniform (Business owners can’t be expected to pay for the image they require AND your salary – get real!)
Is the time when we are supposed to be coming together being subverted by peddlers who mark up the worthless distractions into the “gotta-have’s”. Are these distractions serving to further drive us apart?
Irritating relatives with strange habits that serve bad food along with judgmental attitudes. Include the effects of alcohol to the equation and it’s not hard to see why pushing through a crowd of strangers in a mall is preferable.
But is it so bad that for a few hours we must grit our teeth to endure a little displeasure that in the end becomes tales of overcoming adversity that we later laugh about and share fondly? Perhaps too many mindless hours of absorbing this dread from film and television’s over-dramatization of these events causes them to seem worse than they are.
Maybe this holiday season we should try to stop being consumers for a while and just be humans on holiday. No gadgets or games just good times with those we care for most other than ourselves.
The alternative may be a future of indentured servitude for those who have never known any different.