11/30/2008 02:45 pm ET Updated Nov 17, 2011

Self-Indulgent Stampeders

They weren't running to catch a train
They weren't running with the bulls
They weren't running out of fear
They weren't running from a terrorist's bullet
Enticed and cheapened by the marked discounts, they were running for the flat-panel television, the DVD player, the video-game system
And Jdimytai Damour suddenly became a blameless victim
When will we learn? When will we realize that stuff is just stuff, except when it makes us less human, when it makes us greedy murderers?