Probably one of the best pies I’ve ever had right here.
Thankfully, it looks like I’m not the only one who’s noticed the irony of the season this past weekend/number of years. This piece (fromForbesno less!) hits the nail on the head, and better articulates my feelings on the matter.
We have the post-Thanksgiving shopping frenzies—that is the so aptly named “Black Friday”, and then the online version of that, “Cyber Monday”—which in their quest to turn people into ever more animalistic consuming machines, flies in the face of the spirit of the November/December holiday season.
Now I see there’s this thing called “Giving Tuesday”, which to me seems to say “hey, so after you trampled, bludgeoned, or stabbed your way through the clowns shopping for useless crap this weekend, let us charitable organizations guilt you into making a donation, and pretend the ‘giving spirit’ is alive and well (also, don’t forget to hash it up with hash tags, because social blahblah).”
The fact that all of these kinds of “days” exist is troubling to me. First all of these guys manufacture a consumption craze, then they turn around and talk all high and mighty about philanthropy, which by its nature is supposed to be voluntary. Maybe it’s just the close proximity of these incredibly divergent events, or maybe it’s that I feel people shouldn’t need a prompt to be decent and feel the urge to outwardly express decency, but lately I’ve found myself becoming increasingly tired of this time of year.
It is easy enough for a gentleman of education and refinement to sit at his typewriter and point out the crimes of the workers. But let him be one of them himself, reared in hard poverty, denied education, thrown into the brute struggle for existence from childhood, oppressed, exploited, forced to strike, clubbed by the police, jailed while his family is evicted, and his wife and children are hungry, and he will hesitate to condemn these as criminals who fight against the crimes of which they are the victims of such savage methods as have been forced upon them by their masters.
We have created new idols. The worship of the ancient golden calf has returned in a new and ruthless guise in the idolatry of money and the dictatorship of an impersonal economy lacking a truly human purpose. The worldwide crisis affecting finance and the economy lays bare their imbalances and, above all, their lack of real concern for human beings; man is reduced to one of his needs alone: consumption.
Ah yes, WhiteHouse.gov/turkey, where millions of people had to order their turkeys from this website but buy them through private grocers and it was even more people than expected because Republican-led states didn’t invest in their own turkey websites, sending even more people to the federal turkey website oh wait