slow lane life 3

slow lane life 3

Friday, 25 November 2016

Not shopping


I wrote a post this morning, having a good old moan about the deluge of excitable unsolicited emails I've been receiving for days, each peppered with exclamation marks, large capitalised lettering and a general sense of urgency. So irritating, I thought; I'll shop when I choose. Leave me alone.

Black Friday. What on earth is that about? Such unsubtle marketing to drive us into hasty purchases of stuff we probably didn't need, that probably wasn't a bargain anyway, and that we would probably look at sourly after Christmas, overdrawn and sick of our sudden increase in material possessions but no corresponding storage space, muttering "Why? Why?"

But then I deleted it, because I couldn't keep it short (moaning has to be brief, or people go glassy-eyed) and neither could I ignore the many worldwide social, economic and ethical issues that accompany our materialistic excesses at this time of year. Too much to write about this morning! Easier to look at my own consumerist tendencies rather than rail against other people's.

So instead, I will think about a little radio interview I once heard, in which the Dalai Lama had been taken round a supermarket (I know, a surprising sort of visit for a spiritual leader to make), emerging empty-handed. He was asked if he hadn't wanted anything in there?

"Oh yes!" he replied, with his characteristic laughter, "I wanted many things! But I didn't need anything."

A lovely lesson from a lovely man.

7 comments:

  1. I'm just as baffled, bewildered and confused as you by the whole thing...

    A most excellent lesson indeed.

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  2. I should have the Dalai Lama with me when I go to the library...currently undergoing a most annoying, unnecessary and confusing change.His lovely chuckle might calm my frustrations...

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  3. Love the Dalai Lama anecdote made me smile.... confess to nipping out early to our local store to buy a little Christmas cactus on special sale (actually it's the first time I've seen them here at all) There were a lot of staff out but very few customers and a strapping lad was desperate to help me find what I was looking for ..I was tempted to ask if he was on sale too ...now there was a Christmas bargain... but discretion ruled the day (also I think my OH may have had a sense of humour failure)

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  4. I saw a sign in an ironmongers yesterday which said, "If we haven't got it, you don't need it."

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  5. Inundated with ads, lots of stuff, didn't need any of it!

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  6. I am a professed sale snob. With my nose in the air, I look down on all of the slick tricks of the nation's marketing wizards waving their wands in front of my face. But I do love a good sale. I am lousy at math, but I can figure a discount faster than anyone in my house. If the result doesn't meet with my approval, however, I stop my ears to the siren song of reduced prices and move on. I think there must be a latent anarchist in me, and dueling with the retail establishment is my subconscious attempt at beating the system. Either that or I am hopelessly cheap.

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  7. shopping
    Thank you very much for this great post.

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