It's that time of year again when millions of turkeys are losing their lives in order to fuel a feast of consumption here in the U.S., and retailers and manufacturers of gadgets, trinkets and toys (many of them for adults and many of them electronic) are using every enticement known to man in order to lure adults with fattened wallets to financial slaughter at various Black Friday and pre-Holiday sales and movie theaters. Only, there are not many adults with fattened wallets this season - and their numbers are rapidly diminishing. (Maybe there's an economic "plague" among the "cattle.")
Me, I am again abstaining from spending money this season. My reasons include the unresolved reasons of last year, and the knowledge that the owners of the present economic and political order would like to use my participation in that order in order to expand their robbery and oppression not only people of color here in the U.S., but citizens of poor nations abroad. So this year end, as I did last year end, I am not buying anything for Christmas except food, unless a critical thing (like a refrigerator or water heater) breaks and I have to replace it. (No "upgrades" either.) And no movies or any other form of paid entertainment. Whoever reads this can join me, if you'd like (and even spread the word, if you feel inspired). Let your conscience be your guide.
To help guide your conscience, if you're open to guidance, I am also providing a link to some entertainment you can download for free. Here is a complete audio dramatization of A Canticle for Leibowitz, a Roman Catholic science fiction novel written by Walter Miller, Jr., back in the 1950's and published in 1960. It nicely and powerfully illustrates the role that original sin plays in the behavior of nations. Its ending makes me think of these present days, when the governments and great and wealthy men of a number of nations are employing every weapon including outright lying to try to hold onto their endangered power and prestige.