« CANNIBAL GOLD … Our elders did not know of money … Money does not protect us … it does not create our joy. For white people, it is different. These white people are earth eaters covered with epidemic fumes. They think they are all-powerful, but their thought is full of darkness. » – from Yanomami spokesman and shaman Davi Kopenawa, The Falling Sky
« We have harmed, corrupted, and ruined…We are guilty, we have betrayed…We have robbed, we have slandered…We have perverted and led astray…We have been false…We cut ourselves off from truth, and reality exists to entertain us. We hide behind distractions & toys. » – from John Le Carré, The Tailor of Panama
Yes, but that can change…We consumers can become the change we want to see in the world when we change the way we shop and consider what we own.
How much is enough?
What makes life worthwhile? Is it having the most expensive luxury toy? Is it assuaging status anxiety – being admired for the items we own, the things that can be acquired with money?
Or could it be having the opportunity to admire, appreciate and protect Nature?
Giving gifts is an emotional process, too often influenced by social pressure. Showing appreciation doesn’t mean spending huge sums of money on flashy luxury items. There are abundant ways to give a gift without damaging nature or indigenous peoples’ lives, none of which involve gold or diamonds. Gift-giving rooted in love and meaning means NOT giving a gift that uproots forest trees and degrades the lives of other people! I can’t imagine feeling pleasure wearing a gold or diamond trinket while knowing that extracting them causes so much misery to indigenous people in mining-ravaged forests.
Tens of thousands of rainforest trees must be uprooted, hundreds of tons of soil mined and mixed with dozens of tons of toxic environmental pollutants that contaminate indigenous land and water sources in order to extract 1 1/2 grams of gold per ton of polluted soil for that one special gold ring, item of gold jewelry, gold watch or gold accessory…
That devastation is what you’ll receive for Valentine’s Day if your gift is made of gold!
Please re-evaluate your relation to status symbols and the judgments of others; re-consider your relation to consumerism, materialism, and living a life based on competing for acquiring things with no regard for the environment.
What is true contentment and compassion? Who pays the price for our excesses? Indeed, how much is enough?
Please help the Yanomami and other indigenous people devastated by the ravages of gold mining and Covid-19 propagated by gold miners!
PLEASE DO NOT BUY GOLD FOR GIFTS!
PLEASE DON’T BUY OR WEAR GOLD!
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