The More You Consume, the Less You Live

As the Christmas season approaches, keep in mind that buying something will never make you happy. It might lift your spirits for a few hours, maybe even a day or two, but in the end (especially the real end) your connections, your friends, your family, your human experiences are really all you’ve got.

So this year, at a moment in human history when global warming is breathing down our necks, why not do something wildly different: Ignore Black Friday! If enough of us do that, each in our own sweet way, we might be on our way to the most joyous holiday season we’ve ever had.

Join millions of us in 60 countries this November 24 (November 25 outside North America) for a worldwide celebration of living lightly on the planet.

Then after that, as we enter the crazy holiday shopping season, why not join the worldwide movement to take back Christmas, now distorted beyond recognition by corpo-commercial forces: Get your family together and decide to celebrate Christmas differently this year!

If you are going to buy, then buy local, buy indie . . . don’t get sucked into the consumerist doomsday machine!

Downloads

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This Year Rise Above It

Participate By Not Participating

Credit Card Cut Up

 

Stand in a shopping mall with a pair of scissors and a sign offering a simple service: to put an end to extortionate interest rates and mounting debt with one considerate cut.

Zombie Walk

 

The cheerful dead wander around malls, marvelling at the blank, comatose expressions on the faces of shoppers. The zombies are happy to be among their own kind, but slightly contemptuous of those who have not followed the logic of capitalist consumption to its inevitable cannibalistic conclusion.

Jesus Walk

 

You can also put on a Jesus mask and walk ever so slowly through throngs of shoppers.

Whirl-Mart

 

You and nine of your closest friends silently drive your shopping carts around in a long, inexplicable conga line without ever actually buying anything.

Happy hunting!