Right Spending – Ethical holiday shopping

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Right Spending:  The hidden 9th fold

            I tend to get confused pretty easily.  The underwear having three holes but my only having two legs thing throws me every morning.  Never am I more confused than during the Thanksgiving and Christmas season.  Where did we lose the meaning behind these holidays?  How did our celebration get to this place?  Every year on Black Friday I hear about someone being trampled to death by people trying to get a free Blu-Ray copy of Avatar or hoping to save fifty bucks on a cell phone.  The irony this happens less than 24 hours after these same people give thanks for the things they already have just blows my mind.

The Buddha claimed the greatest thing leading to suffering is the belief we don’t have enough, that we’re not enough, that somehow we’re lacking or incomplete.  I see it everywhere I look; the airbrushed and photo-shopped advertisements for products to help us look natural, soda cups four times larger than our stomachs, daily e-mails telling me my penis isn’t big enough or hard enough, the clever T-shirts I have to purchase even though I already own about three hundred T-shirts and only four pairs of pants, and so on and so on.

Can you even remember a Christmas present from two or three years ago?   Is your new cell phone really that different than your old one?

You do not need anything found on a newspaper insert.  Having a known brand name on your underwear will not define you as a person.  Nothing that’s a today’s special value or that Amazon suggests will bring you happiness for an extended time.  None of it.  Consumerism will not make your life any better (unless you buy my new book, Transubstantiation, which can be found on my website for the low-low price of $16.00.  I will even sign it.  Buy your copy today!).

In the great words of Tyler Durden “We work at jobs we hate so we can buy shit we don’t need with money we don’t have to impress people we don’t like”.  There is nothing inside a Wal-Mart or Best Buy that will tell you who you are.

If you go to a movie or go shopping on Thanksgiving then someone else has to work to serve you.  Someone else will not be celebrating the holiday the way it should be because they are working for you.  Stay home.  Don’t order pizza or anything like that and if you want to watch a movie, either stream it or rent one on Redbox.  Better yet, unplug from the machine and talk to someone.  Play a board game, start a tickle fight ask someone to pull your finger, have a long make-out session with someone then listen to their hopes and dreams.

Every time we spend money we cast a vote for the kind of world we want to live in.  No one wants you to go into debt for them.  Make your money stand for something.  If you want to give the ultimate gift to those you love then give yourself.  If you want to give them a present make them something or give something that comes from the heart (like my new book, Transubstantiation which will change your life all for only $16.00.  Also available on Kindle.  Buy everyone on your Christmas list a copy today!)

Happy Holidays.


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  1. Susan

    “Buy your copy today!” That made me gut laugh. 🙂

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    1. Darren Lamb

      Thanks Clive!

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