In the history of the Western European and American religious cycles, Easter used to be the biggest event. But ever since the dawn of the Industrial Revolution, Christmas took over that position and has grown to monstrous size. This is due to it being a major ‘gift-giving’ entity. Retailers have created a monster that is the major focus of nearly all economic activity overall. That is, a huge hunk of our economic sales situation revolves around Christmas sales. The economy reels from one Christmas to the next with a hysteria/depression annual cycle that has unhinged our economy from any sane activity and turned it into a lopsided lurching monster that is highly unproductive and stressful.
The invention of the modern concept of ‘Santa Claus’ is a creation of Industrial Revolution retailers. The handing out of charity in winter to the very poor has been transformed into a crazy consumer crush designed to give maximum goods to the richest people. The sales of useless, trivial junk to the lower classes also is attached very much to this hysterical spending spree. And on top of all this, the new view of Christmas being an event where people pile up huge mountains of boxes and then rip up the paper and scatter it and the things in the boxes all over the home, has morphed into a mental disease called ‘hoarding’ whereby the Christmas disorder is all year long with the entire house filling up with boxes and bags filled with goods and paper is scattered all over and this gives the poor victims a feeling of happiness since it mimics Christmas.
The West has been consumed with brining in many gigantic Asian containerships bearing literally mega-tons of stuff, much of it useless or worthless, so that this Christmas spending mania can be fed further. Our cities feature endless stores peddling an incredible amount of unnecessary stuff that has filled many homes to the point where the floor joists are breaking and the inhabitants can barely squeeze past mountains of debris.
The need to feed the Christmas spending spree has joined with free trade and easy, cheap credit to cause the industrial production machine process to make an incredible mountain of goods that go far beyond reason and have bankrupted much of the Western European/American economic systems. While laying around in great pain, looking at the news, I noticed this story of a middle class family in Britain looking at their overdecorated Xmas tree and they looked terribly glum and unhappy because there was no mountain of ‘gifts’ under the tree due to them having no more credit so they could go shopping for imported cheap goods. It was very sad because they were in no need for tons of junk in the first place!
But the machine of desire which are artfully made TV commercials and ads pasted all over the place, create the needs that often are bad for the health or the soul or sanity. People just want things because they are tempted into wanting things even if there isn’t physical room in their homes to bring in any more junk, they are trained to want this stuff no matter how bad it is overall. I know the lure of seeing things that are desirable. Yet, if we pass them up, we are no worse off than if we move to acquire them, indeed, often it is better if we don’t acquire these tempting objects of desire.
We see this in our love lives: often, the person we are most attracted to are actually very bad people for our own survival or sanity. And temptations to have more lovers leads not to a good life but disease, distress and poverty. The Seven deadly sins have taken over our annual winter holiday to turn it into this awful mess that stresses us out and destroys our society. Lust, greed, envy, gluttony, pride, sloth and anger: this toxic mix of emotions is characteristic of the Christmas rush for worldly goods.
Tempting ads make us lust for things. We are envious when we see neighbors pile up huge mountains of boxes under their trees. We feel anger as we push and shove each other as we rush to get our goodies. We are, as a society, growing quite fat due to sitting around, consuming food and entertainment. And the #1 big seller this last cycle has been gigantic TV screens! None of which are produced in the Western economies. Video games and other products that entertain us are big sellers. But what troubles me is how all of this is part of this big display of filling the living room up with piles and piles of stuff.
One thing becomes quite obvious when watching shows like Hoarders is how uniformly, the victims of this mental illness put their piles of Christmas cheer before the happiness or comfort of the family. When asked to choose between throwing away boxes and piles of loose paper or keeping custody of their children, hoarders will throw away the children and keep the Xmas goodies piled ever higher. When anyone dares to touch these presents piled to the ceilings, the hoarder feels uncontrollable rage even if the person trying to get rid of it is throwing away Xmas presents given to them by the hoarder!
Eventually, the ships bringing mountains of production goods from Asia will cease. This uneconomical and destructive system will end. One can’t run in the red forever nor is there infinite amounts of earthly matter to sate uncontrollable greed and a desire to be surrounded by mountains of Xmas presents. On the Hoarders show, one often sees thousands of Target bags filled with purchases that are never taken out of the bags but piled on top of furniture and each other. The Home Shopping Network boxes are a big feature, too.
And here is an amusing video where A young guy blocked target store entree way with all the carts and pissed off the security gaurds. – YouTube:
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