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|Black and Blue Friday|
If you are a Franklin Parish resident who is reading this while sitting in a tent on Pecanland Mall Drive in Monroe anxiously hoping to snag a discounted 50-inch screen HD-TV from Best Buy at 5 a.m. on Friday, then this column might offend you.
A recent study from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration reports that about one in five Americans suffer from mental illness.
Maybe it's not a coincidence that's roughly the same number of Americans who will be storming retail outlets on Black Friday to save a few bucks as we officially enter the Christmas-buying season.
Don't get me wrong, I love capitalism. Black Friday, however, is the one day of the year where I'm almost willing to concede that Karl Marx might have had a point.
This is especially true considering his observation that, "the only antidote to mental suffering is physical pain."
The fear of physical pain is what keeps me home on Black Friday.
For me, there is always pain inherent with rising of at "crack-thirty" —a term used by my girlfriend to describe a time that no that rational human should get out of bed unless the house is on fire or other life-threatening emergency.
Moreover, personal experience has taught me that Black Friday is a day where you could end up black and blue.
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