SPIRITUALITY, FAIR TRADE AND SOCIAL JUSTICE
12
November
2013

Nov 12th: rereading rumi

-The video Wealth in America was about the distribution of wealth in America. It gave information about how people perceived the distribution, how people thought the distribution should be, and how it actually was. It revealed a lot about how the top 1% of Americans live, and compared them to the rest of the nation.
-I liked this video because it was really informing. At one point it stated that if compared to the amount of money made “a CEO works 380% harder than the average employee.” It also said, “The average worker needs to work more than a month to make what a CEO makes in one hour.” These two quotes really stuck out to me because they really put things in perspective. The thought that an average person would need to work for an entire month to match what a CEO makes in an hour is hard to swallow. I know a CEO is a very important person, but I just don’t think the monetary difference should be so great.

-“Be trained by that. Never say, or think, “I am better than…whoever.”” Pg 243
-This is a piece from Rumi’s poem in the section Green Ears Everywhere: Children Running Through. I think this excerpt is true not only in every day life, but is also very relevant to fair trade. This is a point that I people sometimes forget, and is a very humbling sentence. It shows that it is never ok to judge other people in a way that allows you to put them down. In regards to fair trade, it would be really helpful for the cause if people applied this theory. I think fair trade would be more commonly used, and people would be more aware of the goals of fair trade.



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