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Crowd Damage On Black Friday Shows The Horrifying Side Of Consumption

It's almost that time of year again. Right before the holiday festivities and the season of gift-giving, most stores capitalize on the season by offering their biggest discounts of the year for a day. It is estimated that the average Black Friday shopper will spend $358 that day making it the most popular shopping day.

In fact, in 2020 the total amount of sales was estimated to reach $11 Billion both from growing online sales and from the never-ending lines from the shoppers who still make the trip to stores in person. Black Friday also has a dark side... the bigger the crowd the higher the risk of fights, pushing, shoving, and trampling, not to mention the messes that retail workers have to then deal with...See for yourself.

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Rules No Longer Apply

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It's like suddenly the rules of society, politeness, and consideration for others go out the window on Black Friday. No one thinks of the retail workers who can't keep up with the piling messes made by grown adults who suddenly have no issue throwing items off the aisle in their hurry to find the best deals.

It's like adults revert back to a childlike state where only what they want matters and they'll throw a tantrum if they have to to get the item that they want.

Time Is Completely Wasted

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Is there really a material item that is worth leaving the blessing of a warm bed in a sheltered home to spend the night on the hard ground in a tent just to be the first in line for some deal.

First of all that can't be comfortable. Second, what does it say about how a person values their time? Time is so precious and every moment in it counts. Do we want to spend it bettering ourselves or camped on the cold hard ground just to buy more stuff to distract ourselves with?

Patience Is Put To The Test

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These people are in line for a 40-inch tv for 150 bucks. For the time being, they're doing it in an orderly manner, keeping in mind that some parents brought their toddlers along.

That's not always the case, however. Between 2006 and 2018, 44 Black Friday incidents were reported in America leaving 11 dead and 109 injured. The stories of these injuries can be quite horrifying such as the story of a man who shattered his hip after getting shoved into a shelf of cut-rate presents.

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Going Backwards In Time

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When you think about it, when we subject ourselves to prioritizing a big discount over our own morals and respect for one another, it's like we go back to a more primitive way of being.

We go back in time to when rules and laws that kept safety and respect weren't yet in place. While rules aren't perfect, they're meant to keep order and protect rights and freedoms. Maybe more regulation is required to make sure crowds no longer push and trample each other.

The Deals Aren't Even That Good

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This Black Friday sale didn't do a good job of hiding their price increase. It makes you question, is it really all worth it? Granted, for some families the only way they can afford higher-end luxury is on days like this when prices are reduced.

The issue for a lot of the deals is the price reduction is only an illusion. It might be worth doing some research first and weighing out the risk and worth of venturing out.

Take It With A Grain Of Salt

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"My favorite black Friday moment was the husband who stationed himself at the pile of jeans and found people the size they were looking for. When I asked him if he worked there he replied 'my wife made me come along, I might as well be useful.'

Then he tipped his coffee mug at me and said "I also added whiskey, that helps" with a smile." - gypsyminded1

Black Friday doesn't have to be all bad. If you go out, be safe, be courteous, be mindful of others including workers, and treat yourself.

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Uplifting

Father With Down Syndrome Raises Proud Doctor and Proves That Love Is Most Powerful Of All

Thanks to a viral video interview, Sader Issa has found a way to share with the world how his father's love transcended all other obstacles and made him the successful doctor that he is today. Despite being diagnosed with down Syndrome, this father never failed to fulfill his role and support his son.

Sader told the Syrian Society for Social Development all about being raised by his dad who has Down Syndrome, this is their inspirational story.

Sader's Childhood Was Just Like Any Other's

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Sader was born, to a family that welcomed him, and wanted to spoil and love him. When he thinks back on his childhood, he reminisces on nothing but good and happy memories. He never once mentions being embarrassed by his father or thinking that his family was different. Instead, he remembered feeling very loved. In fact, his father would actually make the time to bond with him, spending time wrestling, thumb wrestling, among other games.

Luckily for the family, the community accepted them and even looked up to the love and peaceful bonds they all shared. To each other, and to the outside world, they were just another happy family, finding their strength in their love for one another.

Shame Was Replaced By Pride

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The beautiful thing about children, is that they are not born separating people into categories. They just long to love and be loved. Thinking someone is different or being ashamed for having a parent with a disability is only taught through society's conditioning. Sader isn’t ashamed of his father. He never was. Instead, he's proud because it's thanks to him that he is the man that he is today. Not only is he successful and healthy, but he also feels proud of the values he developed thanks to his family's upbringing.

Others are even envious of his ability to form meaningful and loving relationships, just like the one he shares with both of his parents. His father's condition was always a blessing, teaching him at a young age how to love strongly, and not cave into the negative thinking of others. He became independent, generous, and kind thanks to his experience of living so closely with someone who had Down Syndrome but defied the odds.

The Father And Son Duo Took Life On Together

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Sader didn't feel like his father was held back by his condition. In fact, the duo even used to work together at the wheat mill near their home to save for college. Sader's father was always committed to working hard and providing a secure and stable life for his son. He wanted him to study and follow his passion of becoming a doctor. His father never even expected anything in return.

“I’m proud of my father. Throughout my life he has been the greatest support for me when I needed it,"“I think I would’ve been much less excited about life and much less passionate with what I do if I didn’t have my special father,” explains Sader proudly.

Sader's Father Became A Role model

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There was something special about the way Sader's father always worked hard, exceeding expectations but never asking for anything in return. Seeing his son's happiness and success was enough for him. Now, seeing his son become a successful dentist is the best gift he could imagine.

“It’s possible to see when his eyes are filled with joy and satisfaction as if to express: yes, I have Down syndrome, but I raised this man and did everything in my power to make him become a doctor and help others.” says Sader.

The beautiful part is that Sader might have not become as successful if he didn't truly look up to his dad. He always saw him as a role model and a figure of perseverance, positivity, and determination. The way his father led his life, overcoming obstacles on a daily basis was not only inspiring to others but to Sader as well.​

The Power Of Love Is Unconditional

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Sader's family hopes to raise awareness about the children of parents/ with Down Syndrome who love their children unconditionally. Researchers who studied parents who have children with Down Syndrome found that 99% of them reported loving their children, feeling proud and having a positive outlook on life because of their children. Just like any other parent, their priority is to make their child feel loved and live a happy life.

Sader hopes everyone can see that his father was just as capable as any other parent. "Let us give them a chance and see what great capabilities they have."

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His Parent's Bond Is Never Fading

Sader poses with his parents at church

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The loving relationship between Sader and his father is quite inspiring but so is the one between his father and mother who has been together for decades. Yet, according to Sader, their love is just as strong as the day they got married. They have an understanding of each other's needs and are able to meet in the middle.

They often go on walks together or just sit and talk for hours on end. They set an optimal example and standard for healthy relationships for their son.

All Stereotypes Can Be Broken

Sader with his fellow dentists

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Today Sader is a high-paid dentist in Syria and he continues to live a life full of love and happiness which is in itself priceless. His father continues to show him off proudly telling people and m my son is a doctor” with a twinkle in his eyes. The family is continuing to prove to the world every day that love is more powerful than anything and that can be enough to break stereotypes and defy all odds.

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