November 22, 2018

The Ugly, the Bad and the Good

I am no fan of Black Friday for a whole lot of reasons. The hype, the image of shoppers shoving their way into stores in a frenzy of shopping, the images of people fighting over marked down electronics and children’s toys are disturbing. It’s ugly.

Cyber Monday is only a little better. The hype and the commercialism is still there, but at least on-line shopping spares us the shoving and fighting. It’s bad, but not so ugly.

Now, Giving Tuesday is good. For me, it’s the antidote to the bad and the ugly of the preceding two days. It is a reminder of good will and Christmas and what it is supposed to be about.

Started in 2012 by the 92nd Street Y and the United Nations Foundation as a response to commercialization and consumerism in the (American) post-Thanksgiving season, the day has grown every day since.

I must not be the only one who dislikes the bad and the ugly and wants more of the good.

Bruce Roney

President and CEO