"North Americans find it very hard to believe that their wealthy ways of living affect poor people on other continents. But in Africa, people are fully convinced that North Americans and their actions strongly influence their lives."
We've seen this in a very tangible, world-economy-wide way this week as the world stock markets have plummeted due to the state of the US financial market. But what of our individual choices? Do they matter?
I'd argue they do, and I don't think about my choices nearly enough. Yes, I avoid Walmart, and think seriously before stepping into a Burger King, but there are things I don't think about. I don't think about where my chocolate comes from. I was given a diamond ring when we got engaged almost exactly 3 years ago, and, in my excitement, I didn't know the circumstances surrounding the gold & diamond mining of my ring. When shopping for toys over Christmas, I was only partially conscious of the factory conditions where they were produced.
Am I being unloving to the oppressed and enslaved we're called to love by turning a blind eye to the injustices that I'm supporting with my purchases?
How much do you care? How much should I? How much am I responsible for?