Monday, January 17, 2011

Choose: just or unjust?

Like a partridge that hatches eggs it did not lay
is the man who gains riches
by unjust means.
When his life is half gone, they will desert him,
and in the end he will prove
to be a fool.
(Jeremiah 17:11)

Documentaries, in general, are a good thing. Sure, we can watch too many of them and overwhelm ourselves; "take their word for it" without seeking further information; allow this to suck our time away from being with humans, face-to-face. But many documentaries bring to light important issues, ones that we find ourselves right in the middle of.

Yesterday, the Geigers and I watched Black Gold, which is about the unjust purchase, trade, etc. of coffee, particularly from Ethiopian farmers (highlighted in this film). We already knew, without a doubt, that coffee and its farmers are one of the top most highly abused crop/producers in the world.

Today, I will choose. I will pay more money for coffee fairly traded (which is not always guaranteed just by a label declaring "Fair Trade"). Today, I will choose to use the resources entrusted to me in just and whole ways.

How will you choose?

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