Tuesday, November 22, 2011
An Observation (iii)
A nice blog with friendly reminders to try screwing other people over less seems like a bit of an innoculation against it all, but the longer things go on, the less effective an innoculation it seems likely to be. If it comes to the worst, I don't think any of those people are going to stop their pillaging to google who was thinking about doing something about it all.
A friend is a pastor in the great state of Oregon. She posted on facebook tonight that the family staying in her church waiting for shelter space is headed by a mother working full-time at Walmart.
In a recent conversation with really thoughtful, peace-loving, justice-seeking friends, I found myself explaining that Walmart isn't just a kind of neutral not-so-great entity - they're Big Terrible Bad Guys Doing Evil. And people I really like don't know. Or sometimes know but need a cheap toaster, you know?
Oh, I know.
I know because I bought the kids jackets at Old Navy last week.
That's why they'll be coming for me.
Because despite all the writing and thinking and cash paying, I am ultimately Unchanged-Enough and most certainly the world around me is Not Changed. People will remain concerned about their own profit over that of their neighbours forever probably. And by people, of course I mean me.
The last month has had it's successes - paying cash feels right and good; we ended up buying tires from a local independent dealer down the street; I asked a client to pursue becoming a Living Wage employer; I voted and even sought out candidates' opinions on Living Wage policies. Friends have made adjustments in their own lands and have even sometimes told me about them. Certainly I've had a lot of conversations about the world as it is and how it might be, conversations I would not have otherwise had to be sure.
And yet, it becomes clearer and clearer that the changes we make will not change much as long as these changes are the changes of the affluent. Because poor people can't afford to live this way - we barely can and we're the not-so-poor. And rich people won't, or mostly don't. Because then they would be less rich.
I bet the world changers weren't depressives. Maybe there will be new life for this tomorrow.