Black Friday

Black Friday…

Sometimes I think about normal things in my life, and how I would explain them to an alien that had never been to earth, or even just someone completely new to our culture…

“So the day after we celebrate everything we’re thankful for, we fight, queue, rush and panic to buy more stuff because shops have made it cheaper….”

I woke up this morning with a load of emails from various companies / mailing lists I’ve apparently signed up to over the years offering me amazing discounts…

…And I did think to myself… “maybe I should buy some Christmas presents today…”

I clicked on some links and very quickly got a bit overwhelmed, not really knowing where to start, not really knowing what it was I needed…

It reminded me of the conversation I’d had with my Sudanese friend in the camp who I call my brother, the person we always stay with when we sleep in the camp, last week after his home was burnt to the ground after the fire.

It wasn’t the first time everything he had had been burnt, his home in Sudan had been too.

I asked him if he had managed to save any possessions, he told me he had only one set of clothes, the ones he was wearing.

I asked him what he needed me to bring him, more clothes?
Shoes? A blanket?

He told me he needed nothing but his health, his safety and his dignity.

It got me thinking….why do so many people care more about discounts than they do a refugee crisis?

No judgement, just pure questioning, trying to understand?

Why do people connect / respond more to cheap stuff than people who have no stuff at all?

If everyone gave that extra 20%, 50%, 70% they are saving today, directly to those fleeing to save only their lives…

Well then, Black Friday would be amazing…

You can actually do that…

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