What can we do in our lives over here to stop horrors like rape as a weapon of war or environmental destruction?
How can we better get a hold of how globalization works to see how our actions created a backward ripple effect (demand for mined resources) and forward effect (waste and disposal)? If we knew, how horrified we would be....?!
Closing Statement from Genevieve Tran
There were so many thoughtful responses here! Thank you for taking the time to read, think and respond with such informative ideas.
It seems that in our society, we are deeply programmed to excuse, ignore or justify the degradation of women, the planet, the poor, the vulnerable, children etc. if doing so pedals along our comfortable status quo. Would we stop eating chocolate if we knew there are child slaves in the Ivory Coast? Stop lusting after diamonds if we knew rape and slavery was used to secure control of the mines? Stop using our cars if we knew that 50% of its gasoline comes from wilderness-stripping tar sands processing? It might be that because we are so globalized, it's THOSE kinds of decisions in a cooperative society-wide effort that will stop the horrors downstream.
Today a friend directed me to this rape analogy. Read it and watch your programmed mind tumble in confusion and cognitive dissonance (I did):