Stupid shopping

1001394448I just got home from the hospital. I have to drive by Toys “R” Us on the way home. The parking lot is packed. Several cars were actually parked on the lawn because there wasn’t enough room in the parking lot. I’m sorry, I simply just don’t understand. Why? Why would anybody stay up all night for this? For what? For a bargain, something that you don’t have to have? I think this whole thing would be different if they were standing in line for something like food. This isn’t food.

For some reason, we’ve been told that we have to have the “right of way” for our child. This is garbage. Children appreciate any thoughtful gift. I’ve been in toy stores. There are literally hundreds of gifts that you can give a child that the child would like. They don’t have to have the G.I. Joe with kung fu grip. They simply don’t.

The other problem is that we’re just spending too much money. We’re spending money we don’t have. Consumer debt is over $2.4 trillion. OMG!! Our saving rates are at historical lows. We should not have to go into debt in order to buy Christmas gifts. The only people who benefit from our going into debt are the big corporations. We don’t benefit. Our children don’t benefit. Stop the madness. There is no reason for us to go an elbow each other over toys. This is just ridiculous.

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Errington C. Thompson, MD

Dr. Thompson is a surgeon, scholar, full-time sports fan and part-time political activist. He is active in a number of community projects and initiatives. Through medicine, he strives to improve the physical health of all he treats.


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