Giving Thanks... its getting tougher

As people in the United States recover from a weekend of gluttony, I watch the coverage of the carnage in Mumbai. Sometimes I stare at it, sometimes I try to avoid it. Sometimes I look at it from the corner of my eye. Depression sets in.

Why? Why do we do this to ourselves? Lest a reader think that this is a problem "over there", I shake my head when I hear about a stampede that killed a guard in Long Island, when people - living in the land of plenty, living in a first world - broke down the doors of a Wal-Mart to shop. And no, this was not for food, this was not because they were starving - this was because they wanted to get to the bargains - LCD televisions and mobile phones. Elsewhere, people were beating each other up in order to grab the deals. Black Friday indeed.

Media is gleefully reporting that Black Friday was a success. How sad. What a state we have reached - should we consider ourselves any better than the mobs that slaughter each other in third world countries? Atleast they do it for the basic necessities - water, food, shelter. And now we do it for washing machines and dryers. Jared Diamond wrote about the Collapse of societies, natural disasters and constrained natural resources being primary factors. But low cost LCD TVs?

I had Thanksgiving at a friend's house, been doing it for 10 years now, a lovely friendly family that has nothing but smiles and hugs for everyone. I have a lot be thankful for this year, a lot of love and and lot of friendship. It was good to be with friends this weekend, else depression would have won.

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