Today is Adbuster’s official Buy Nothing Day, where:
For 24 hours, millions of people around the world do not participate — in the doomsday economy, the marketing mind-games, and the frantic consumer-binge that’s become our culture. We pause. We make a small choice not to shop.
It also happens to be the beginning of official “Shabbat” day, where for a whopping 25 hours, millions of observant Jews the world over agree not only to both buy nothing, but also to drive nowhere, stepping back from the consumer binge and shopocalypse as well as helping decrease our dependence on foreign oil while simultaneously giving the ozone a break. We aid water conservation by not taking showers. We also agree to not allow electronic media to interfere with our interpersonal relationships and spend the day connecting to friends and family as human beings, not MSN’s or voices on the telephone. We allow intimacy to grow between us because we are in no rush. We connect and converse in the classic way of all humanity, over a table of good food and wine. We step back to remember what it is to be human.
We do this not just once a year but 52 times a year. Damn, Jews are so hip.
Viva la Shabbat!
Take THAT, Adbusters.
ps, great minds think alike (ie, yes Jewschool, i know you got to it first, but I had this in mind since picking up Culture Jam months ago)