Many Americans have bought into the hype. Even economists and financiers join in the frenzy: Like prophets proclaiming gloom and doom, they give predictions to the financial success and failures. The message of the "Good News" of Black Friday: happiness is found in material goods -- the more you have, the happier you'll be.
We have to ask ourselves: What are the long-term affects of a culture that places its value in things and not on the value of the human person?
Pope Francis recently called consumerism a poison that threatens true happiness because it is based in empty promises. "[T]he true treasure is the love of God shared with our brethren. That love which comes from God and enables us to share it with one another and to help each other." The illusion created by the culture of consumerism doesn't lead to a happier society, but one of gluttony, lust, greed and spiritual poverty, where desires can never be fully satiated. Such an illusion diminishes the identity of the human person and defines him by what he has and not who he is.
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