Posted by Jerry on November 1, 2006
Recently, an Indian national news channel ran a segment on whether the festival of Diwali (and other festivals in general) have become too commercialized. The general tone and consensus was that festivals were indeed getting increasingly commercialized and that it was an unfortunate trend. The hokey arguments of loosing the “essence” of these festivals, their mystical significances, or their multicultural symbolisms were spouted.
In the midst of it all, I smiled. I couldn’t help noticing that India has finally reached a point in its history when it has begun complaining of too much commercialization. Now, it is gratifying to observe, the lament is not poverty but too much wealth that marks these festivities. And that is a WONDERFUL thing! 🙂
I say, make these festivals as commercialized as it can get! Capitalism–the system that respects individual rights and liberty–always wins.