Why you should consider skipping Cyber Monday in favor of Giving Tuesday 2017

Don’t spend a single penny on Cyber Monday.

Blasphemy!

I know many of you have waited all year for Black Friday and Cyber Monday for the best deals of the year. There’s no question that those two days offer incredible deals on products that typically are not offered throughout the year. But the act of spending money is never saving money.

How much of that stuff do you really need anyways? Do you really need a need TV or tablet? Or is it simply a want rather than a need?

A crowd of shoppers browse at Target on Black Friday. (credit Today)

The things we need are pretty basic: shelter, food, water, and education. Everything else is secondary.

While American consumerism is hitting record highs in 2017, which is great news for the health of the economy, there are millions of people who need our help.

On November 27th, there’s a relatively new day to celebrate: Giving Tuesday. Instead of giving something to your friends or family, Giving Tuesday is about giving to charities across the world. Consider that many children go hungry every single day. Or homeless veterans and the mentally sick are freezing to death on the streets of our city. Or millions of pets are being put down because no one has room for them in their homes.

It’s easy to lay blame on the homeless for creating their own situation. It’s also easy to forgo donating money or time because there’s corruption even in non-profit organizations. Think about it – almost no one in their right mind would choose to be homeless. No woman would choose to be abused, and no child would choose to be hungry. And millions animals certainly would not choose euthanasia over a nice loving family.

If you don’t believe in charitable organizations, there’s nothing stopping you from taking action with your own hands. Give your leftover Thanksgiving meals to the homeless and bring them an extra blanket that you no longer need. Better yet, go buy them a hot meal with the money you actually saved by not buying that extra TV you probably don’t need. Bring a pet into your home. Not only will it save them but it will enrich your life as well.

Sometimes people find themselves in situations where they need a little help. There’s nothing wrong with that. Taking care of one another is what makes this world great and is a great opportunity to teach the young ones in your life there are more important things than toys or gadgets. Consider limiting or even stopping all of your spending this Cyber Monday in favor of doing something kind for someone that actually needs it.

If any of you live in San Diego, or will be in San Diego in mid-December, I invite you to come with me to bring blankets, food, and essentials to the homeless with me. It’s a humbling experience and is a small gesture that probably does me more good than it does them. The homeless are people too, and they’re kind ones at that. They just happened to hit a rough spot in their lives where they need a little help.

Or if you’d like to donate online, here is a small list of charities I think are worth considering:

The Golden Rule or law of reciprocity is the principle of treating others as one would wish to be treated oneself. It is a maxim of altruism seen in many human religions and human cultures. The maxim may appear as either a positive or negative injunction governing conduct:

  • One should treat others as one would like others to treat oneself (positive or directive form).
  • One should not treat others in ways that one would not like to be treated (negative or prohibitive form).
  • What you wish upon others, you wish upon yourself (empathic or responsive form).

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