Man for Commodity or Commodity for Man? 人消費東西 還是東西消費人？
"Black Friday sets online sales record; shoppers spend up to $1M per minute." News headlines like this can be seen everywhere in the past two days. Shall I feel guilty for not contributing even a penny to this record?
I had actually thought about joining in the "Black Friday Shopping Party," as my internet connection wasn't working on that day, and the public library wasn't open, either; so I couldn't work on my computer anyway.
However, as I tried to figure out where to go and what to buy, I realized that I needed nothing. I had already bought everything I needed, or, I always buy things immediately whenever I need them. Therefore, I found that there was no need for me to join this mad "Black Friday Shopping Party" at all.
So I ended up staying at home and reading a Chinese history book instead.
I also realized that actually people's materials needs can be very limited. Even if you have eight beds, you can sleep on one only.
However, if you pursue spiritual things instead, there is no boundary. You can have your imagination go wild, and enjoy your boundless spiritual world which costs you nothing.
I don't know how many people share my feeling. When we say "Black Friday sets online sales record", we are unknowingly indicating that "sales record" is the most important thing for our society. Have we realized that when we stress on the achievements of our "businesses", we, as human beings, have actually been turned into slaves of commodities? We are caring more about our sales numbers and business profits than about whether people really need so many things, or whether these things actually make people happy.
For me, I'd rather read headlines that go like this, "People Feel Happy and Satisfied on the Black Friday", "People Choose to Travel more on this Black Friday as They already Have Everything They Need and Don't Have to Fight for Deals", etc.
Will our society (or our economy) turn worse if we become more humane and less driven by consumption or spending? I don't think so.