mfassett wrote:Yea, what a freakin' terrible idea it is to THINK about the impact of your purchases on the rest of the world. The arrogant response could be correct on many counts, but the arrogance and the attempt to shut down any alternate view overshadows everything else.
Birge, there's no need to be so freakin arrogant.
Huh? Expecting rationality and logic in an argument is arrogant? Actually, that 'huh' was insincere. I'm not surprised or confused. It's pretty much par for the course. You flatter yourself if you think that you and hippie boy are the only people that care about other people? *That's* arrogant.
The best most leftists could do to help leftist causes is shut the hell up, because their shrill incoherent whining just reduces the credibility of their movement, much of which is founded in completely reasonable ideas that are purmuted into simplistic homiles by the blind faithful. Do I like the idea that we've traded our industry away for access to cheap disposable crap made by exploited labor in China? Hell no, but the reason I don't like it is that it short sighted and bad for us in the long run. It's actually quite good for the Chinese being exploited, who consider near-slave labor better than near starvation.
And you are similarly misguided in worrying inplicity about the creation of more trash. The earth is a big fricking rock, and it will be fine. Disposable consumer culture is bad, but not because it creates trash. Trash is just stuff moved from one part of the earth to another, usually New Jersey. But the earth is not a person, and doesn't care how it looks. In the end, the only thing that matters is how it affects us. But that fact is lost when people make fools of themselves worrying about the environment like it's a person with feelings.