In reference to Matt Hitt's article on Monday about Christmas shopping, I urge him to explore the facts about Buy Nothing Day, the Friday after Thanksgiving. He dismisses "various anti-consumerism groups" (actually Buy Nothing Day is celebrated by millions of people in several countries) and argues that refusing to participate in the holiday consumerism madness is pointless because of the size and power of the economy. "We can't 'buy nothing' or stop spending money altogether," he writes. I just have to ask, Why not? Why not take a single day out of the year to realize how much our lives revolve around buying things that don't bring us any fulfillment? In an article criticizing holiday over-consumption, Hitt criticizes anti-consumerism groups for not having realistic goals. But my goal on Buy Nothing Day is not to bring the U.S. monster economy to its knees. I don't expect that to happen, nor do I want it to. My goal is simply to take a day that has become a personal holiday, spend it with my loved ones focusing on the things that bring true happiness in this world, and remembering in this "affluenza" season I don't have to participate in trampling my fellow human beings or this earth we share. I believe this is a very realistic and worthwhile goal, and I urge everyone participating in this economy to take a day off.
Jenessa M. Strickland