Who is my Neighbor? Ethical Consumerism

Each individual, specifically in first world countries, have their own worlds. Each persons world is anything and everything that they’ve been exposed to in their lifetime, yet sometimes, we are faced with stories or facts that shock us, ones that shake the world we believe we know. Whether it be an inspiring movie, a speech or perhaps an enlightening story which states the facts of horrible situations that re taking place in other parts of the world, then becoming a part of each of our worlds. Yet, often we forget these things that shock us within time, forget the change we told ourselves we were going to try to make, these sections of our world, slowly fade away. In Religion class, we were exposed to numerous stories taking place in countries overseas. Small children being sold for slavery, baby girls being killed simply for the fact that they are a girl, millions of people forced to work in horrible inhuman conditions for pay that is hardly work the strain, women being forced to spend their lives working in brothels because social conventions will never allow them to return to their “normal” lives. These problems are so far away, yet need to be attend to. But as a 16 year student in Sydney Australia, there isn’t really a way for me to travel to Bangladesh and help a young girl to escape from her world a sex slavery, or to give money to those who work too hard in sweatshops simply so that we can have our $5 t-shirt in Target. These people on the other side of the world are my neighbors. It doesn’t matter that we have never met, or that we don’t speak the same language, we are all part of the human condition, all neighbors to one another. So, what is it can I do? One simple thing that I can do to assist the terrible worlds these people live in is to take notice of how I live in my world. This is called ethical consumerism. In our first world country as members of a hyper-consumerist society, most of our cheap products such as sneakers, clothes from cotton-on, from target, even the way tuna is fished are harming our neighbors. Therefore, our main goal to help is to be ethical consumers. To simply check were our products are coming from, and how they were made. This helps to ensure that we are not fueling the horrific cycle that captures the poor souls of our neighbors overseas.

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