No need for any moralizing lecture or anything, but I'm deeply saddened that our culture's lust for cheap material possessions cost Jdimytai Damour his life. He's the worker trampled in the Valley Stream Wal-Mart when shoppers couldn't wait for the doors to open to get to the deals. I've never been a fan of Wal-Mart, but after this, it really chafes me to see their holiday commercials featuring tidy aisles stuffed with toys and smiling greeters hospitably waiting to help customers. That's a far cry from what happened on Friday morning.
Apparently Toys-R-Us isn't safe anymore either. Between these looks at the ugly underbelly of consumerism and the constant bad news about the economy, maybe we can wake up from our trances and begin to question the values that we're embracing in our culture. Advent -- a time to wake up and welcome the light.