How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.Anne Frank
The measure of who we are is what we do with what we have.Vince Lombardi
A word of warning. This post is not for the feint of heart. It exposes hypocrisy for its true nature, evil at the expense of corporate greed. I hope you enjoy, it was something I became exposed to and had to call out the atrocity for what it truly is.
A Father’s Guide to Wisdom
A disturbing image came to me yesterday. It was of a group of slaves getting ready to board a community train to be transported to their sweatshops in China. Most likely, they were to make the very shoes I will dawn on my feet, the computer I am sitting at right now, and many of the items I use on a day to day basis. I was aghast.
The toll of slavery continues to rear its ugly head in America some 16 decades after its abolishment in our country from many of the brands we most commonly use according to an Australian Strategic Policy Institute Report. Yet the trend of this horrific example of human intent continues to rear its ugly head, now as the labor force behind such major brands as Apple, Nike, Amazon, Calvin Klein, Cisco, GAP, Lacoste, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Sony, Nintendo, Samsung, and Tommy Hilfiger.
So what is the problem? In a push to re-educate Muslim minorities to adopt the Chinese Communist Party Line, “a systematic, government-led program of cultural genocide” is enforced to indoctrinate this population to “renounce their religion and culture” through the use of torture and forced models of labor that builds many of the components common to the electronic devices and apparel we dawn in our day to day lives. Nearly 16 decades after its abolishment, American corporation money continues to be made and used upon the backs of slave labor, albeit not on our soil. Conclusion: We just exported the slave labor force to a country willing to do the dirty work for us so that we can continue to enjoy our Rollback Specials so common to Walmart grade, or should I say slave labor created brands.
This is hypocrisy at its finest. It is also something that will take much more than just throwing money at reparation schemes that only touch upon the plight of this global atrocity.
In today’s quotes, I found hope. Albeit from a dark source. Anne Frank knew the atrocities common to forced labor camps. The Nazi’s assured her death in the Bergen-Belsen Concentration Camp during the cultural genocide of the Jewish people during the second world war. Yet, our American companies and dollars support the same level of cultural genocide we fought against during World War II. If only we learned from the history we helped to create, instead of trying to burn it to the ground.
Lastly. Vince Lombardi calls this play beautifully. The measure of who we are is not in what we say. Jesus Christ knew this. Mohammed knew this. So did the Buddha. It seems all of the great and wise sages of the ages knew at a deeply introspective level, that the measure of who we are is not in what we say, but in what we do.
Let us shift this, my friends. Let us place pressure on creating a movement to stop these atrocities in the present moment versus looking back to pay for reparations of past mistakes. We have to learn from history, not burn it. For it is in the act of burning it, that we forget, and history again will rear its ugly head.
Namaste. May prayers and blessings find you in your plight to believe… achieve… and advance confidently in the direction of your dreams!