People are getting more selfish every day.
Have you noticed?
In the US, today is Thanksgiving. Traditionally, it’s a holiday about thankfulness and family and generosity, a day to remind yourself of all the good things and people in your life.
But that’s changing.
It’s becoming more and more about gluttony. Not just sharing a meal with your family, but eating until you put yourself in a turkey-induced coma, waiting a few hours, and then doing it again. Or, if you’re really impatient, you just go into the bathroom and make yourself throw up, so you can eat some more.
Oh, and then there’s shopping. Black Friday, Cyber Monday, the best deals of the year, anywhere. You can finally buy all that stuff you don’t really need because, hey, you’re getting a deal.
Personally, I find it disturbing. Not the meals or deals, but the change of focus.
Getting food, getting full, getting a good deal, getting a discount, getting a break. Getting, getting, getting.
But what about giving?
What about focusing on other people?
What about selflessness and service and gratitude and appreciation?
It’s disappearing. Not just on holidays but in people in general.
And it bothers me. So today, I decided to take a stand.
I’m not eating a Thanksgiving meal. I’m not going shopping. I’m going to try not to think about myself at all.
Instead, I’m going to be thankful. You know, what the holiday was originally supposed to be about.