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Forum Post: Doesn't it all feel fake?

Posted 5 years ago on Dec. 20, 2013, 7:53 p.m. EST by elf3 (4060)
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Do you look around at all the stuff and the music and the glitz and the Holiday Bonanzathon - do you think that you're just a pawn in the midst of a giant used car lot? Being shuffled this way and that, now you have to buy for every single person you might bump into on the sidewalk - because if you don't it's just plain rude you know. All this fake phony fucking etiquette - all this big big shame shame if you point out the man behind the curtain - it's a noo noo omg you know! Dare you seem down dare you seem annoyed some Stepford Holiday Wife gone Wild will begin to point at you and scream. "You're ungrateful dear you simply don't realize that a child in Bangladesh worked very hard to make that piece of stuff there on that shelf and the stores have been generous enough to mark it down from their 400 percent mark-up to a 350 percent markup showing just how generous they can be.." Some child is working 7 days straight and you have no right to complain about the condition of this nation .” (Yes because remaining silent and perpetuating child labor and slave labor is what makes Nations great and what prevents child labor?)

You know what's bad etiquette ... how about the rate of homelessness and wage stagnation, how about the way Wall Street is making massive land grabs with your tax dollars and then charging you an apartment price that eats your entire stagnated wage? - seems like pretty fucking bad etiquette to me - ! How about boycotting that cheap piece of crap box store or Christmas all together until we abolish slavery and child labor in factories across the world - how about teaching children the value of knowing that giving can't cover up all the ignorance and systems that create poverty to begin with? Seems like pretty fucking bad etiquette to me to keep perpetuating it - kind of negates any donation you made this year...

  • so you know what Wall Street take your big fat Orwellian Consumer Christmas and shove it !!! I'm not afraid to say it.

One small boycott here, one giant leap for Humankind - Bankrupt Big Box and tell your relatives and co-workers to shove it - you're boycotting shopping this year!!! in the name of that kid in Bangladesh or China or Zaipan - who matters - life is too precious to be wasted



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[-] 2 points by Shule (2638) 5 years ago

Our family never exchanges gifts for Christmas, and each Christmas has become more beautiful than the next.

[-] -2 points by sundae (-40) 5 years ago

Hope you and yours do Midnight Mass. How cool.

[-] 1 points by Shule (2638) 5 years ago

Actually we do.

[-] 1 points by OpSafeWinter (0) from New York, NY 5 years ago

Feelings are not facts, thankfully.

[-] 1 points by Builder (4202) 5 years ago

And yet, emotions can move mountains.

Go figure.

[-] 1 points by Builder (4202) 5 years ago

I've never bought for "everyone and anyone". Not ever.

If I do purchase gifts, they are living plants, or handmade items from the local craft markets.

I don't do cards, and I don't encourage anyone else to send me one.

And as a point of reference, a friend in Macedonia (where Cleopatra came from) tells me that their Christmas is on January 7th, and they exchange gifts of food to contribute to a feast.

The abomination that is our western equivalent generates enough paper waste to cover the nation five times in layers of inked paper, and enough plastic to power the generators of a medium sized nation for a week.

Think about that.

[-] 5 points by elf3 (4060) 5 years ago

The pollution alone from all the cheap plastic holiday crap and entertainment waste from plates to napkins trash and wrappings boggles my mind and yet look around you at the people just stuffing that stuff into their carriages I worked in a mailroom for an insurance company that separated all the policies with stacks of blank paper that all went into the trash they didn't even bother to reuse or recycle it ...this feels too big to fight anymore ...if you try to spread awareness you're treated like a pariah ....they're burying us in garbage while we carefully sort the remains it's like fighting the tide with a paddle

[-] 2 points by Builder (4202) 5 years ago

Hang in there, elf3.

The garbage will eventually link the continents together, and the oceans will die.

Peace on Earth can occur only when all the resources are gone, and the people have eaten the eaters.

[-] 1 points by MattLHolck (16833) from San Diego, CA 5 years ago

row perpendicular to the current

oh wait. this is the tide

I use campaign mail to clean up after my dog

[-] 3 points by elf3 (4060) 5 years ago

"America - It could be worse" - the markings of an unsinkable nation


[-] -2 points by Narley (272) 5 years ago

Aw jeez, Another war on Christmas. Give it a rest. Most people enjoy Christmas. Why do you want to destroy it?

[-] 2 points by elf3 (4060) 5 years ago

It's wallstreet destroying it ...we've become Pottersville and ws wants us to celebrate in fanfare that they've sold us out and are reaping the benefits using our family bonds as collateral by enforcing the idea that stuff represents the level of our love and commitment...we have so little time these days with working 3 jobs to make ends meet we all run around trying to fill the gaps and make up for the hardships with things that only drive up ws's score...put politicians in their pocket so go ahead show a loved one you care and help Potter grow more powerful ...makes sense in the long run you and yours will suffer more but you'll sure feel good that one day a year!

[-] -2 points by AlwaysIntoSomething (42) 5 years ago

Its absolutely insane to watch a nation in decline literally beating each other to save $50 on a tv that neither really needs.

[-] 1 points by Builder (4202) 5 years ago

Not a war on Christmas at all.

The world is drowning in its own detritus. There's a strong need to drop the consumerist slant, and get back to the basics of the occasion, which is all about celebrating family, and togetherness, and good will towards all men.

[-] -1 points by Narley (272) 5 years ago

OK, I agree, Christmas is too commercial. Been that way forever and we probably can't change it. Frustrating? Yes,

It just bothers me that every nut comes out of the network to attack Christmas. This year is the argument on whether Santa and\or Jesus is black or white, The past few years some people have been pushing to drop the phrase "Merry Christmas" and replace it with "Happy Holidays", or calling a Christmas tree a Holiday tree. I'm, just tired of it.

By the way, we always celebrate Christmas as a family. On of the few times these days we are all together.

[-] 0 points by Builder (4202) 5 years ago

I found out that Orthodox Christians do actually celebrate the day on the 7th of January.

Just like gay marriage, gun restrictions, and abortion/right to lifers, the whole "Happy Holidays" crapola is an orchestrated attempt to divide and conquer.

The oligarchy finds our collective buttons, and knows how to push them.

Hard to not be reactionary, but I'm learning.