Friday, November 28, 2008

Earl Flormata - Black Friday death

Black Friday in the U.S. was named so because it was generally the first day in the year where stores hit profitability for the entire calendar year. Each year many things go on sale all across the U.S. and people wait at stores overnight just to catch a deal - very akin to the boxing day sales here in Canada.

Something of note however was that a Wal Mart employee met his end due to the stampede of shoppers who couldn't wait to start shopping.

Why I make a mental note of this is because from a mindset of abundance people are more inclined to take care of others and care about their surroundings. Whereas from a stance of scarcity, people are unwilling to mind anything but their own space disregarding others. Strangely enough the people who are selfless, are the people who are selfish at first - but only in specific areas. It's in finding the balance that we are able to help both sides.

In life we should seek a balance between serving ourselves and serving others. That, and try not to stampede anymore poor employees who are just trying to open doors for us.

1 comment:

Lois Holmlund said...

Well said. That was tragic at the Wal-Mart, and a good example of the "me-first" mentality when money is involved. How much more profitable is it for us to be generous instead, and make good choices instead of bowing to the mob-mentality.