The clock struck midnight and people went berserk. Black Friday had begun — a  pre-Christmas promotional blitz when retailers slash prices for just one day and people react in the most primitive way. Punches are thrown, people are trampled upon, tug-of-wars over discounted electronic gadgets and people lying atop television sets and furniture to ensure no one else snatches away their prized choices.

Most people today have overflowing wardrobes, several television sets and countless electronic gadgets. Yet it boggles the mind as to why we would still resort to such ungentlemanly conduct and engage in boxing matches in pursuit of more material possessions that only serve to intensify our emotions that can change, in a heartbeat, a peaceful crowd of shoppers into a raging mob. We place our safety and sanity in grave danger to buy stuff we already have, cannot really afford and find out the instant we get home we really do not need it. Much to our dismay we realize we were just suckers who got taken in by that 70% discount price tag.

What is still more alarming is that Black Friday is not the only time people take advantage of our emotions and stupidity to make a buck. In the name of the almighty dollar, businesses have been known to stoop to unethical practices. Take for example when pharmaceutical companies had their secretaries pose as nurses to promote baby formula in countries in Africa where there is no clean water. Or the mentality of  multinational corporations offering a woman to freeze her eggs so that she can have a child when she is 60 years old. – and then belittle her if she declines the offer, making it crystal clear she is not a team player and is not at all concerned about the financial interests of the company.

There is no doubt whatsoever we are sliding into moral and spiritual decay. We are so blind we cannot see the danger signals ahead or hear the alarm bells go off. We fail to realize the great Roman Empire collapsed, not from forces without but from moral decay within.

At times like these, when we wonder how we ever got to this, it would be worthwhile to consider the past when from the very beginning we took the wrong turn. When God saw the chaos below, he decided to bring order out of chaos. He assembled the angelic hosts and told them of his plan. In addition to creating a new world, he would also create “man.” He would be created lesser in status than the angels, but he would be created in the image and likeness of God and therefore the angels were commanded to treat man as an equal. Lucifer did not think it was a good idea. He was the most magnificent of the angelic hosts and did not consider man to be his equal. He convinced the other angels that instead of God creating order out of chaos below,  he would be creating disunity and disharmony in heaven above. His argument was so compelling that a third of the angelic hosts joined him in rebelling against the power and majesty of God.

This pride and bigotry has remained with us to this very day. We do not treat others as equal. Many are convinced they were born to rule the lesser breeds. Without equality there can be no justice.

In his brilliant essay, “NATURE” Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote that man is a manifestation of creation and the world exists for each man, the humble and the great. Unfortunately most of us have lost the ability to see our fellow men in this light. Therefore, man is a God in ruins and Emerson pleads for fallen man to return to Paradise.