Thursday, November 20, 2014
But what really matters, the results or the intentions?
In today’s culture we definitely trend towards intentions over tangible results. People want ideas that feel good and that can be sold. We avoid hard problems or tricky solutions.
In another do-good-the-easy-way front, today in Dresden there is a protest against the opening of a new clothing store. People are protesting against sub-standard, inhumane working conditions. They want more fair trade and better conditions for workers in Asia. However, simple, slight investigations into the company reveal that—while there are problems across the board in the clothing industry—the chain they are protesting is one of the ones that is trying to do something to change things. Not only that, but a lot of the accusations against them have been demonstrably falsified.
The real problem is that the protestors want to effect change, but are choosing the easy way out. They are piggybacking on the publicity the store is generating to advance their cause. All the while other, more egregious chains already operate in town. The chances these protestors will impact the multinational company with their spectacle are minute, but local families will be hurt.
It is just another example of crusading in the modern, technological age. We have too much information but not enough willingness to vet it. We have too great an ability to broadcast our voice, but are not willing enough to invest the energy to say the right things.
Too much intention and too little concern for real impact.