Oxy - you're right, it's the "sacrifice" shit that bothers me.
regarding your other point, i think it's ok for a person to question the industry they support by spending their money. granted, a lot of it is about personal satisfaction, privilege and yes - ego stroking. ;p
a lot of activism and stuff like that is based on a desire for moral superiority, which is totally understandable and human.. right? we all want to feel like we're better/more aware than others. it's not necessarily a bad thing, especially if good things come out of it.
regarding shopping and ethics, you pick your battles, i guess. i know people who will not drink coffee unless it's certified fair trade. i'm not one of those people. lol. then again, i wouldn't spend my money on a fur coat, but i wear leather/shearling boots (although I don't send my phony-ass blessings to the sheep who will die for my next pair of Uggs).
true, but it's also the first step on the path to complacency. honestly, you or me thinking good thoughts towards creatures who died for our benefit is a purely selfish act, unless we take it a step further. and if we don't want to take it a step further, which is fine too, what's the point in thinking good thoughts in the first place?
Baby steps. First you have to challenge your values system and realize what's wrong and what's right, then you preach to everybody your new-found morals and only then, slowly, it becomes something you do yourself almost unconsciously. Isn't it how it works? You start with what's safe and easy...
Last edited by Sunny; 08-05-2008 at 09:31 AM.
When I'm good, I'm very, very good, but when I'm bad, I'm better.