Friday, November 30, 2012

Don't Teach if You Don't Want to Learn

Dave was a potter in South Carolina.  He created beautiful functional works of art and embossed vibrant poetry on the sides.

Dave was also a slave.

When I checked his story out from the library I thought it would be a great way to teach Laine about American history.  Until he asked what a slave was.  And if there are still slaves today.

Are there still slaves today?

Are elephants more important than children?

Do not go to this website.  At least put down your coffee.

I told you not to go.

How can we live in a place and time that forbids the sale of ivory while allowing the cute little onesies we dress our beloved children in to be made by someone else's beloved child?  I am looking at you, Carter's!

So, elephants > children.

Good news is we can choose what we buy.  No one dies without chocolate.  This is actually true.

But people do die making it.

I don't want to know these things.  I just don't want to know.

So, do we dress all in homespun while eating locally grown dirt and playing with only deadfall sticks?


But, I like underpants and my husband will not keep his job without clothes, so I am going to look for the good guys, Hanes, and pick a few areas new areas to buy responsibly.  We don't have unlimited resources, so we will have to eat, dress and play for a small planet.  This is just too important to shut off our brains and figure low prices and unlimited choice are natural and uncostly.  While I may be able to afford 50 pairs of socks, will I afford the blood price?  Just try to make a pair of socks and tell me if you would sell yours for $1.  We might just have to start mending again.

This is heavy stuff, I know.  I am easily paralyzed by the scope of the problem, but God calls us to obedience and love.  Sometimes loving God with all of our minds requires us to learn what we surely do not want to know.


Actually, not.

A few websites I dug up looking at this stuff.

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