Friday, November 27, 2009

Buy Nothing Day - UK - Saturday November 28th 2009

Buy Nothing Day - UK - Saturday November 28th 2009

It's sad that even on public holidays shopping malls are open and the many many people you see in them. Wouldn't it be great if one day a week, shops weren't allowed to open.


  1. Maybe I'm simple, or even just confused...


    Why would it be great if one day a week shops weren't allowed to open?

    I actually can't think of a good reason for this at all...

    I await to be enlightened ;)

  2. Think of Christmas, the day where no shops are open and people spend time with their family and friends. What if every Saturday or Sunday, no shops opened. People would completely slow down and rest. We would take a break from mindless consuming which we use to fill our time and energy. We have become slaves to consuming and it has become the substitute for all things meaningful, as if it promises something rewarding. I see it as the empty shopping fix people go on to fill empty relationships. There are people who go to the mall daily because they are lonely or looking for something that might fill what they are missing. Having a day where shops are not open, I believe would have a ripple effect. It may slow down the everyday busyness of life which ultimately robs us. Think of how much less we would consume because of it. Think of how few cars would be on the road. Think of the enviroment.And think of the Sabbath.

    Thanks for your comment.
    Maybe I'm just a dreamer.

  3. Thanks for the clarification Jess :)

    While I agree wholeheartedly with the outcomes you espouse, (Simpler lifestyle, more family, less materialistic and more relational), I don't think this is the way to go about it.

    Regulating to try to achieve something rarely works, the issues are much deeper. For every rule you put in you get unexpected consequences and often cause other issues.

  4. The issues are deep but the answers are simple. while my idea may not make sense or may not work, it is better to have an idea that moves towards change than to attempt nothing at all.
    There are too many good people who walk around with a defeated attitude, thinking they can't do anything. If they all thought differently, imagine.
    Rather than telling me my idea won't work, it would be better to hear from you about what would work, what we can do and how to build on my idea. encouragement not discouragement.