Merry Christmas…REALLY???

This is a reblog of of one of my major complaints with commercialism. Thank you!

Culture Monk

rmerry christmas

by Kenneth Justice

~Last night I had to run an errand at the store and as I walked through the door I was greeted by a barrage of Christmas decorations and the typical fare that stores try to sell you during the holiday season.

The only problem is that its not the holiday season! Its still October and once again, the stores have begun celebrating the Christmas buying season many months before the actual holiday.

I’ve read articles about this tired old bit before and I really don’t want to add to our frustration with the way the stores are ruining October and November by celebrating Christmas too early. Do merchants in Europe do this? Do stores in Canada and Australia do this? Is the United States the only country where retailers have become so obsessed with making money off of Christmas that they try to force the…

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Camus, absurdity, and revolt

Philosophy for change

Albert Camus (1913-1960) was a French writer and existentialist philosopher. He was born in Algeria, then a colony of France, which gave him a unique perspective on life as an outsider. Camus is widely acknowledged as the greatest of the philosophers of ‘the absurd’. His idea is simple: Human beings are caught in a constant attempt to derive meaning from a meaningless world. This is the ‘paradox of the absurd’.

Camus’ novels The Outsider (1942), The Plague (1947), and The Fall (1956) are classics of existentialist fiction. His philosophical writings The Myth of Sisyphus (1942) and The Rebel (1951) are profound statements of position. Camus was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1957. Unlike fellow existentialist, Jean-Paul Sartre, he accepted it.

It is instructive to consider the differences between Sartre and Camus. The men were friends in the war years. Together, they edited the political journal Combat. But Sartre…

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