The Sad State of Mankind

A Commentary by James A Graves, Jr.

December 2008


When the New York Walmart Mob trampled Jdimytai Damour to death on Black Friday, November 28, 2008 they unknowingly made a statement on the sad state of mankind.


If the Mob’s actions had been a rare demonstration of the greed and wicked nature of humanity, then Damour’s death could be blamed on a gaggle of really stupid people, but that falls far short of the truth. 


It wasn’t a rare demonstration, because that very same mentality has pushed us to the brink of a world-wide depression.  The US and the world are suffering financially because of vicious greed.


That very same mentality is the reason scores of wars are waging around the world, with heart rending stories like the one from The Guardian, a UK news source, reporting in June that children as young as nine were being sold as soldiers in Darfur.


That mentality - placing personal gain above everything - demonstrates beyond any doubt that greed truly is the root of all that is evil.


It will amaze me if anyone from the NY Walmart Mob comes forward to express regret. 

There is not a chance that anyone will voluntarily accept responsibility. 

One news report stated that when the store announced they were closing because an employee had been killed, the mob complained, yelling, "I've been here since Friday morning!" and the mob kept shopping.


If another shopper had been killed they would have probably been overjoyed about the elimination of yet another competitor.


James Maxwell said, ““One of the weaknesses of our age is our apparent inability to distinguish our need from our greed.”


Truer words were never spoken.  The despicable behavior display by the New York Walmart Mob on Black Friday, November 2008 is beneath contempt, and degrades us all.


©2008 James A Graves, Jr.

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