Today was the first time that I've shopped on a Black Friday. I didn't get up at the crack of dawn or anything, but I got to thinking about this particular day and how it might be perceived the wrong way. (Because, what else are you supposed to do while waiting in all of those long lines?)
Before I always tried to avoid shopping on this day - mainly because I hate crowds, feeling rushed, and shopping in general. But, I also didn't like what it meant. Every year we have a full day dedicated to giving thanks, spending time with family, and being grateful only to “spoil” it the next day by spending a ton of money on things we don't need.
Maybe Black Friday is one of the most selfless days there are. Thanksgiving is a great day for reflecting on your life, loved ones, and blessings. Black Friday is a perfect opportunity to put all of that into action. Obviously, your heart needs to be in the right place, but that should be at all times - not only during these particular days of the year. This should be a concern every day, not just now.
On the other hand, even if your heart isn't in a good place, it's still a necessity to help others if you yourself want to benefit. In a capitalist society, if you want to get what you want, you're going to have to create value for others as well.
That's why I think we should rethink how we view Black Friday.