This summer I was in Honduras for 10 days. I was helping translate for medical clinics. The doctors were seeing person after person of those who didn’t have any serious illness but were just looking for vitamins because they didn’t have enough food to eat. We saw 15 year old boys who should be in their prime who were seeing spots and feeling low on energy while working at the coffee plantations because they hadn’t had a decent meal in days.
Young men are going hungry while working on the coffee plantations that export to our very own Starbucks. Meanwhile, here people complain and things go viral on the web because someone doesn’t like the way the coffee mug looks. Really?!?
I teach English as a Second Language at my church and some students don’t know how to read and write in their own language which makes it VERY difficult to learn English. They don’t have these skills because they didn’t have the privilege of going to school past elementary school when they were growing up in other countries. Meanwhile, people are writing letters to Beth Moore, a Christian writer and speaker because she offended them with a book she wrote. Wait a second! Aren’t you lucky you know how to read enough to understand her books and feel offended?!? Oh and since when are authors required to write things in a way that it won’t offend anyone?!?
I understand that as people we may not always agree with the way others do everything or the things others say, but are these things really worth it? If you don’t like the cups stop going there for your regular surge of caffeine. If you don’t like what an author said, stop reading their books.
And yes….there is a better solution still. AGREE TO DISAGREE!
My question for you today is….. Do you really want to live in a place where a company can’t choose what their cups look like or where an author no can no longer write what they believe?