I refuse to participate in the insane consumerism of Black Friday. I refuse to miss out on time with family and lose sleep in order to save insignificant amounts of money on meaningless consumer items. I refuse to be treated like an ignorant head of cattle by large corporations. I refuse to be herded into a chute in order to have revenue extracted from me and sent overseas. I refuse to buy into the notion of self-worth through excessive consumption. I refuse to subject myself to the risk of being trampled, assaulted, injured or even killed in a department store parking lot at 4:00 AM just because wealthy CEO's have figured out how to cynically manipulate our society into thinking that such behavior should be a normal and expected part of the Christmas holiday. I might work on Black Friday. I might sleep in and watch sports on Black Friday. I might go deer hunting, or hang Christmas decorations, or even do some gift shopping at the small, locally-owned businesses in my community on Black Friday. But I REFUSE to subject myself to the greed, the stupidity, and the insane consumerism of Black Friday.