This is awesome. Time to get on my soapbox.
Among the billions of political email lists that I'm on is Brave New Films: the folks who brought us John McCain's Youtube just became a Nightmare and more. I saw this today: Reverend Billy and the Church of Stop Shopping and the soon to be released documentary "What would Jesus Buy".
It's pretty obvious were I'm going to go with this.
Mindless gift giving has always baffled me. Other than trying to be loving and thankful for wonderful people in my life every day of the year, I often show my love by giving gifts at random times of the year because I find something that I think that person would really like. Sometimes I can wait long enough and keep it for a birthday or the holidays. I really don't understand giving things to people just to give them. Especially if they're going to sit in the closet unused. How wasteful.
How do we save ourselves from what Reverend Billy calls the "Shopocalypse"?
Black Friday and Holiday shopping seems to have reached a new peak of horridness when three people lost their lives this year. And with the economy taking a turn for the worst, it seems like the perfect time to re-evaltuate how Americans show love and thanks for our friends and family.
The Church of Stop Shopping. The mission is pretty obvious. Consumerism is running our lives and ruining our happiness. Put the heart and local soul back into our communities. Have you seen the Story of Stuff? (It's great!) Our lives are driven by the stuff we own, and it's killing us, it's killing the planet and we're now savagely also killing each other.
Here's what Reverend Billy has to say:
This is what the Stop Shopping Gospel Choir had to say about holiday gift giving this year:
What will you give your friends and family this year? Please leave a comment and share with alwaysmoretohear what you will do.
I will, surprisingly (!) be giving the gift of music. And dear readers of alwaysmoretohear, I will make you a CD mix, if you want one. Give any special requests if you have them. Just let me know.
I will also be giving out a bunch of hugs.