This is the title of a timely and excellent post by pattrice jones over on the Vine Sanctuary Blog. I'm writing this primarily as an encouragement to you to visit that post because it is so very very truth full and so very very important. Please go there and read it.
My thanks to pattrice jones for writing it.
Some excepts from that post include:
"...the festival of carnivorous gluttony known as Thanksgiving followed by
the carnival of consumerism known as Black Friday offer a case in point
of the intersections among colonialism, capitalism, animal exploitation,
and environmental degradation..."
"PS — This isn’t meant to discourage folks who use holiday sales to save
money on things they need and would have bought anyway (though we do
hope that anybody who shops over the Thanksgiving weekend will be
mindful of the second annual #BLACKOUT Black Friday boycott by choosing independent and Black-owned businesses
rather than big box stores.) This is about resisting the enticement to
squander hard-earned funds on unnecessary products that deplete the
environment along with your pocketbook, all in the service of amoral
profiteers. This is about finding much more substantial pleasure in
volunteer work or playful activities that contribute to your own
well-being while helping to heal our communities and ecosystems."
I can't go to the Vine Sanctuary but I can go to my local sanctuary, Heartland Rabbit Rescue, and give my time and effort to helping the victims of human callousness. I can go there and my presence lets the humans who are there 24/7 how much they are admired and appreciated. If you can...go to Vine Sanctuary...if you can't...find a local organization in your area that helps our sister/brother Earthlings and give them your time and effort. Please.
If we want human society to operate differently...we have to change how we behave...and doing "holidays" differently can be a step towards having a society that respects and cares about mother Earth and all her Earthlings. Engage in healing, not harming.