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SACRIFICE IS EASY...UNTIL IT'S HARD
11 October, 2011
It's easy to make sacrifices for causes you believe in. It's more difficult to go all the way.
Example -- it's easy to encourage people to stop buying dogs at pet shops because 99% of pet shops buy from puppy mills. It's easy to take in cute little dogs to foster in order to save them from being killed at the Shelter and feel good about the difference you are making.
But when we learn about how cattle are treated, or the conditions under which chickens live to produce the eggs that we eat, it's more difficult to stop eating meat or to give up our omelettes in order to campaign for better conditions for food animals.
We sign petitions and write letters against the unethical treatment of dolphins who often die getting caught in the nets of tuna fishermen...but we still eat tuna sandwiches.
It's easy to protest against animal testing, unless scientists are using animals to test a drug that may be helpful to you or to someone you love.
We decry the treatment of elephants in circuses and zoos and donate to organizations like the Elephant Sanctuary, which rescues mistreated animals and lets them live out their days in a good place, but we still take our kids to see the circus, or to watch the animals at the zoo.
As altruistic as we like to believe we are, and as many good things as we do, we do have to admit that we are hypocritical in our good works.
Today I am thinking long and hard about information that I learned about today. I am going to quote liberally from this web site.
Did I really want to know about the tragedy of the making of chocolate. If I know about it, I will feel guilty unless I feel I am doing something to prevent it. But...chocolate???
If you check out the web page, you will read the story of this boy, who escaped with a bunch of others. When they were captured (they almost always are), they were beaten over many days and the wounds of those children who survived, which become infected, rely on maggots to be cleaned.
It's not a pretty story. It is a terrible story.
But it's chocolate.
How dedicated am I to the eradication of the enslavement and beating of children? Am I willing to be as dedicated to saving children as I am to saving dogs?
Am I willing to give up chocolate, knowing that my contribution will make not one whit of difference, but knowing that if enough "me"s give up chocolate and tell the industry that we are doing it and why, maybe someday something will change.
I'm going to have to think about it. No more Hershey's kisses at my mother's? No more McDonald's Iced Mocha to keep me awake? Sacrifice when it really matters is hard... Sacrifice when you can't see that it makes any difference at all is harder.
How about you? What are you willing to give up to make a statement about
stopping child slavery?
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