Story by: Maggie Brown, News/Copy Editor
Photos by: Zoe Jenkins, Staff Photographer
As the holidays arrive, people become more and more infatuated with the idea of “help thy neighbor.” These ideals, while still present, are fading fast under the large looming presence of capitalist greed. The holiday season is crawling with people who care for nothing more than themselves and what they can get out of it. If something does not cater exactly to them and what they want out of a shopping experience, the whole world has to be put on hold.
The system that claims the customer is always right is the same system that is creating a societal monster which insists that they are not only right, but entitled to pitch a fit at anyone who suggests otherwise.
To most consumers, the holidays are a pain. All they can think of are situations to complain about. Everything is expensive, parking lots are crowded, Starbucks will not say “Merry Christmas” and all of the people working are being so rude!
But what they do not realize is that expensive items are not what the holidays are supposed to be about, and they could have been shopping online and nowhere near parking lots at all. Starbucks is taking a step in the right direction since Christmas is not the only holiday the world celebrates in December, and the people who they perceive as rude have been on their feet for five hours and have been dealing with people angry at them for things they can not control.
The way we run our economic system is destroying us, as is evident by the homeless that fill the city streets, the attitudes we have towards money and items, and the way we treat those providing services as though they owe us something. Capitalism brought this country to life, but it will, in the end, be the death of us.