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Sondra

I have two kids, and I've raised them to evaluate the difference between want and need - which is not to say that their wants are dismissed. But by understanding what they are, and how they fit in the whole structure, I've managed to allow them to grow as I'd imagine children used to grow - not brainwashed by the hypnotists hired to engage them. I asked them recently what they wanted for their birthdays and upcoming holidays and both (teens) said "Well, we really have everything we want - maybe some boots?" and we don't have "everything" - we just all know what we really want - which is more time with each other, more time to read, more time to create - we're a family that knows that money and things are traded for the most valuable gift of all - time.

Sondra

I have two kids, and I've raised them to evaluate the difference between want and need - which is not to say that their wants are dismissed. But by understanding what they are, and how they fit in the whole structure, I've managed to allow them to grow as I'd imagine children used to grow - not brainwashed by the hypnotists hired to engage them. I asked them recently what they wanted for their birthdays and upcoming holidays and both (teens) said "Well, we really have everything we want - maybe some boots?" and we don't have "everything" - we just all know what we really want - which is more time with each other, more time to read, more time to create - we're a family that knows that money and things are traded for the most valuable gift of all - time.

Anonymous

Wait... it doesn't sound like the boy wants her to buy something.. just sounds like he's using his crazy imagination to try to catch her attention and she's just sitting there like "stop talking to me." Bad grandma! His imagination definitely sounds like it's influenced by video games, but he just wants some love!

Anonymous

Wait... it doesn't sound like the boy wants her to buy something.. just sounds like he's using his crazy imagination to try to catch her attention and she's just sitting there like "stop talking to me." Bad grandma! His imagination definitely sounds like it's influenced by video games, but he just wants some love!

anonymous-Jeff

Buy Nothing, huh? I was clicking around after I saw that video and found a site that's actually selling Nothing - you don't get another ridiculous, crystal-laden videogame, just a brief explanation to give that says you've chosen to give out Nothing instead. I guess you could google it yourself, but it was http://de-gifting.com

anonymous-Jeff

Buy Nothing, huh? I was clicking around after I saw that video and found a site that's actually selling Nothing - you don't get another ridiculous, crystal-laden videogame, just a brief explanation to give that says you've chosen to give out Nothing instead. I guess you could google it yourself, but it was http://de-gifting.com

Steve!

I think it's funny (though commendable) that people want to make such a big deal about sticking it to the corporate giants with BND. I didn't buy anything today, though I hadn't plan on buying anything in the first place. If you REALLY want to stick it to the Corporate World, become one of Jehovah's Witnesses: NO Christmas spending or time wasted with absurd decorations, NO Halloween candy or decorations, NO Valentines candy or roses, NO wasted Easter Eggs, NO hangover on January 1st. And imagine all the garbage created by all those events. Next time a Jehovah's Witness wakes you up on Saturday morning, thank him or her for not being a lemming :)

Steve!

I think it's funny (though commendable) that people want to make such a big deal about sticking it to the corporate giants with BND. I didn't buy anything today, though I hadn't plan on buying anything in the first place. If you REALLY want to stick it to the Corporate World, become one of Jehovah's Witnesses: NO Christmas spending or time wasted with absurd decorations, NO Halloween candy or decorations, NO Valentines candy or roses, NO wasted Easter Eggs, NO hangover on January 1st. And imagine all the garbage created by all those events. Next time a Jehovah's Witness wakes you up on Saturday morning, thank him or her for not being a lemming :)

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