Exploiting cheap labour: does ignorant = innocent?

Posted: March 8, 2011 in Uncategorized


A blog I read yesterday poised a powerful question, |’ How many people had to suffer so we can have cheap gas?’  Hummm, I never thought of it that way.

Don’t feel so giddy and innocent now going to stock up at ‘Dollarama’ and ‘Giant Tiger’ here in Toronto.

After sharing the above link with friends and family, many responded similar to me. Quite simply, now that I am aware of this ; it is unacceptable to me and I will no longer participate by shopping at these stores. Spreading awareness is another way to be an active participant in stopping this exploitation.

It does shock me now, that I never questioned the very low prices before and deepens my surprise and awareness of my robotic behaviour. “Don’t look too closely at the world systems just focus on your self interest and walk blindly…ooo arn’t you lucky you found that great deal to fill your children’s stockings at Christmas or afford to buy a new spring wardrobe so as to feel a  sense of abundance, not quite so cheated compared to your rich friends…better hurry…grab it before someone else does.”   The truth is its just a ‘fix’ like a drug, temporary relief for the frustrated middle class.

So, to answer the question, yes I believe ignorance is an ‘excuse’ to a certain extent. That many of us when our eyes are opened to the ugly truth of slave and child labour, will take a firm stand, to at least not shop at these stores-its a start.

I believe once one is made aware-no longer ignorant of the facts- they are not innocent at all, but responsible to walk the changes necessary, no matter how long or what it takes, to bring about justice , a world of oneness and equality.  So all may enjoy a life of dignity, so all have a life worth living

The shopping fix for unnecessary items is just like any other drug or booze. Is it your ‘fault’ you became an addict? Perhaps not or more to the point it doesn’t really matter …it is your responsibility to change your behaviour for the good of all !  No excuses are acceptable.

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