Sunday, November 25, 2012

Made in the USA possible?

So, I am reading about the horrible tragedy in Bangladesh, with well over a hundred factory workers killed by a ground floor fire.  Not a single emergency exit, 3 stairways that go right to the ground floor fire.  Disgusting.  Walmart is one of their leading buyers.  I wouldn't be surprised to find they were locked in these sweatshops. This makes me seriously questioning whether its possible to buy all american.  Sure, taking their jobs away wont help conditions necessarily, but if enough people do this, walmart who CAN affect real change with their huge buying power will be forced to demand better conditions in their supply chain.

Now having said that, I am far from wealthy lol  Right now I have 2 shopping carts online filled with tools and items i plan to purchase and its almost a lock it all comes from china or some other country. Cant help but feel like a hypocrite but there are things (for the van especially) I must have and have cheaply.  I won't feel half as excited about it however even if they propel me toward my goals in life.

Probably for the first time in my life I have some of those, and want to work toward them.  I've always just floated through life, doing what I thought I was supposed to do and nothing more.  Living was just enough.  While I do believe in taking happiness in small things even now, I do want to lead a more fulfilling life as well.

I'll have to think on this idea and maybe find some middle ground.

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