It is time for the so-called Black Friday.
Many Americans will be out shopping.
What are best deals and specials for Black Friday here in Houston and elsewhere?
Treating working people well would be a very good deal and would be very special on your part.
Taking part in advocacy for the rights and fair treatment of working people would also be a very special and good deal.
There is no point in lecturing people about endless shopping or about what stores people choose to visit.
People are free to shop as much as they wish and at any place that suits them.
What is of greater value is asking the stores we visit to treat people well.
Though, of course, people are indeed free to boycott business places that engage in what they believe to be offensive practices.
The working person you are dealing with on Black Friday—or on any day that you are out shopping— is no different from you.
A lack of respect for the person behind the counter is the same as an absence of self-respect.
I would suggest that the fates of most working people in this country are connected. If we don’t care about the wages and working conditions of people we deal with each day, we can be certain that this absence of shared concern will be exploited.
This concern also logically extends to people in other countries who make the goods we purchase.
The work of caring for each other and caring for ourselves is up to each of us.
We have to decide what kind of people we are going to be as individuals , how we are going to treat others, and what kind of society we are going to have.
For so-called Black Friday after-Thanksgiving shopping, why not go shopping for fish in South Korea?
Above is the Noryangjin Fish Market in Seoul, South Korea.
It looks to me that you will find many good deals, helpful service, and a wide selection at this fish market.
Maybe you have a coupon for sea cucumber that you have forgotten.
Below is another picture of the offerings at the Noryangjin Fish Market.
It is possible that you can get a good after Thanksgiving deal on squid and on octopus.
It is good to have some fish to eat, but with overfishing we could push many of these creatures to extinction.
The pictures in this post were taken by a Gael Chardon.