To The Daily Sun,
Why do we seem incapable of celebrating Father's Day without the need to show our appreciation by buying yet another gift? Why does almost every father have the expectation of a gift as a true indication of someone's appreciation?
Like most of our holidays, Father's Day is no longer an occasion for reflection about the valuable role fathers play in the family and society. It's become just one more reason for merchants to be able to sell something and ramp up another frenzy of consumer spending.
Since its origin in the early 1900s, a then more well-meaning Congress resisted the pressure to make it a national holiday for fear that this most worthy celebration would become commercialized. It wasn't until 1972 that Richard Nixon bowed down to business pressure and opened the floodgates. Every year, it becomes less and less a time of reflection and devotion, and ever more about meaningless consumption.
Let's pass along a little wisdom to our children and break the consumer stranglehold this and other holidays have on our culture. Commit to giving your father your love and devotion throughout the year, and when he's least expecting it, maybe even a little gift.
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