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Saturday, 25 November 2017

25 November 2017. Another Grumpy Cat Meme… On Black Friday

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I was NOT in any store yesterday. Save for grocery shopping, I tend to avoid malls and stores during the holiday rush. It’s just too DEPRESSING. Am I the only person to note that most of the people that you see are harried and frazzled, not in any holiday mood at all? However, the nadir-point of it all is Black Friday… a day that I call “the Black Mass of American Consumerism”. Note well that those who organise and take part in this charade fancy themselves “superior” to the rest of mankind.

I seem to think that it indicates otherwise…

BMD

Saturday, 28 November 2015

28 November 2015. Black Friday is the Black Mass of Me First Conservatism

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All “conservatives” are advocates of Me First Nihilism… the worst are the ones who cloak their greed and cupidity in religious vesture (I’m thinking of Rod Dreher and Sean Hannity, in particular). This is their True Focus of Worship… they adulate the Almighty Dollar and bow down before Victory-at-Any-Cost. This is why the Republican Party is evil to the bone… this is their true face. Greed isn’t pretty, is it? Do ponder it well… after all, the Love of Money (and of Material Goods), not abortion or homosexuality, is the root of all evil. The Bible says so…

BMD

Saturday, 1 December 2012

1 December 2012. A Point to Ponder… “Thou Shalt Have NO Other Gods Before Me”… NONE

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Mammon is a “god”… Our Lord Christ said so. You can serve God or you can serve Mammon. It’s quite that simple. There’s no way of “reconciling” the two… they’re diametric opposites. That’s why real Christians can’t support the Affluent Effluent and their political shills in the Republican Party. You can have Holy Friday or Black Friday… but not both. Almighty God or the Almighty Dollar… it IS up to you.

BMD

Saturday, 24 November 2012

24 November 2012. Black Friday: The Black Mass of Crapitalism

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Black Friday is THE “holiday” of crapitalism, bar none. Its votaries wait for hours for the store’s doors to open; when they do open, the crowds are so frenzied that people are trampled, and the crazed “consumers” don’t give a ruby-red god-damn. There are things that they have to have… and they’re going to get them. I guess that you can tell that I’m a “conscientious objector” from Black Friday.

Why is Black Friday so important? Firstly, it’s the Easter of Neoliberalism in the USA. If you take part in it, you affirm your adherence to the religion of the Almighty Dollar and the Free Market. You affirm your allegiance to Materialism and to Consumerism. That is, you’re “respectable” and you’re “well-adjusted”. The Decalogue states, “You shall no other Gods before Me”. Materialism is Satan‘s substitute for real religion; its his ersatz religion. If you take part in Black Friday, you throw a pinch of incense on Lucifer‘s altar. That makes you a thurificatus in religious terms. Maybe, it doesn’t invalidate your religious professions; yet, it does damage them. It’s much the same as lusting to live in the “right” suburb and choosing a life career solely on the basis of how much money it’d bring you. It tells the world that Materialism is one of your Gods… which makes you a transgressor of the Decalogue, doesn’t it?

Black Friday is a sacrament of Consumerism. To take part in it is the same as taking part in the Eucharist. If we take the Eucharist, we affirm publicly our faith in Christianity. If we take part in Black Friday, we affirm publicly our faith in the Almighty Dollar. Note well that some who make loud pretensions of being against Materialism aren’t essentially in favour of the True God… they simply worship spiritual “other gods”, which makes them WORSE than the votaries of Consumerism. As pitiful as the Black Friday hordes are, they’re not as spiritually-barren as sectarians are (and the Orthodox who wish to build bridges to such are even worse). Remember, “the rankest flowers of evil grow in the shadow of the altar”. Old Clive Staples was right in that… do bite the coin before accepting it… there’s crank coinage circulating in the agora. Have a care…

I’d recommend that you watch a ten-part Polish series called The Decalogue (Dekalog)it’s available on Amazon.

Barbara-Marie Drezhlo

Saturday 24 November 2012

Albany NY

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