THE most important thing above everything else over the festive period is the chance to have some time off, relax, recuperate (as much as possible) and know that a lot of people are also having some time off. But that’s the problem isn’t it, this is the only time of year when there is the opportunity to give more people time off than at any other time of the year. Where everyone should be equal.
So I pass a small local Supermarket that has a notice saying; ‘Sorry we’ll be closed on Boxing Day’. Why are you saying ‘Sorry’? Many of the workforce now have no choice but to work on Boxing Day and to work on the 2nd January. Why? Why can’t we take this one opportunity once a year for nearly everyone to be equal. I know we have NHS, Fire, Police, Vets and armed forces etc. working over Christmas and New Year, but I hope at least they are given a chance to take one or the other off for a minimum of two days.
Retail and similar sectors have no excuse, it’s not to help people, it’s just a consumerist society that we now live in. More is more is more is more. Growth = Prosperity, but does it really?
There is little doubt that we’ll outgrow this planet, that we’ll pillage all its resources and that it’ll pay us back for doing so.
We have more things wrong with us physically and emotionally than we’ve ever had before and yet people are living longer, but not always enduring a good quality of life. We have more treatments and medicines than ever before, more solutions to problems that actually shouldn’t have been there in the first place. Why do we think all these things are great to prolong our lives? The lives we live are quantity over quality and all we can do is say “Sorry”.