I must admit to a certain amount of fascination and no little degree of sadness when I watched the footage of people unashamedly barging their way through others to get to 'Black Friday' bargains today.
It is quite incredible what the commercial machine can achieve when it brings together its biggest players and they suggest a day of discounts for all. One thing is certain: the ploy has been a masterstroke for the coffers of the likes of Tesco and Asda. And while their directors nurse the huge profits made into their bulging bank accounts, others nurse the wounds of greed they sustained on the shop floor.
It's hard to know whether to feel real disappointment that this is what society has come to; desperately searching for a bargain in whatever form. Or whether we should be glad that people are being offered better deals at a financially difficult time of year. I would perhaps err on the side of the former, especially given the fact that this event is simply a ploy on the part of the big supermarket chains to make more money, and also the fact that it appears to bring out the worst in people.
Let's pray for calm in the days ahead and also pray for those who aren't even privileged enough to be able to enjoy the fruits of a good bargain.