What should come first, people or the planet? #ClimateChange initiatives should NOT come with #publicshaming …
Important Disclaimers: I’m not a trained medical, mental health, law enforcement or public safety specialist. I do believe that action and behavior modifications are needed to save our planet now and for future generations.
I do believe though that actions can be taken too far where it could be to the detriment of public safety and peace of mind, that’s why I feel the need to say something about the global protests yesterday regarding Black Friday and Amazon.
File this under the 9,125, 479th thing I’d rather not be talking about.
I’m all for peaceful protests.
The problem is there is so many protests for so many causes it’s at risk of people becoming apathetic to causes.
I NEVER go shopping on Black Friday online or offline, usually because I’m too poor, to be able to do that.
On the off chance I have money, I don’t like crowds at retailers and I get annoyed by all the Black Friday emails I get.
The thing is that people already have enough to worry about with their online and offline lives.
Going shopping where I live in a big city, already there’s some risk of safety issues as criminals know people will be out at the stores on Black Friday and when there are major events in the city I currently reside in, which is Downtown Minneapolis.
As well as the risk of being hacked, viruses and identity theft online, all of which I’ve been a victim in the past.
I also get that if it’s my mission as an activist to save people and for people to have a place to live in, they have to have a functioning planet to exist in.
Which other people do Climate Change activism way better than I could ever, so that’s why I leave it to them.
The problem though in this day and age, is that groups of people who are shaming others for being a consumer, online and offline, itdoesn’t help anyone both in the short term or long term.
I know from advocacy I do for affordable housing, it isn’t poor people who fund that, it’s people of means and wealthy people who do.
Shaming really has never been an effective tool in people to change their basic nature.
Most people have a habit that could have a long lasting adverse impression or consequence on someone directly or indirectly, intentional or not due to human nature.
If you’re the rare person who built their home out of recycle goods, grow your own food, don’t smoke, drink, eat too much, take any drugs, shop, drive distracted or use technology, well more power to you.
But your right in public, does have consequences on others, even well intentioned, such as going too far to try and save Earth at great expense to human psyches and possibly human safety.
Some people are going to fall in the category of choosing the lesser of two evils, whether it be smoking to not doing illegal drugs, shopping instead of overating and being on the internet too much to quit drinking or not gamble.
I think Amazon is too big and unregulated and that’s why, even with my poor person’s monthly discount, I quit it, several months ago, even though they have great customer service.
I did that and similar things quietly, not everyone needs to know everything I do and why I do it.
The people I try to help, I take shame out of the equation, as that doesn’t help anyone.
I’m not saying be like me.
Most people are probably better off NOT being like me.
I am saying though take into consideration, people having the right to as much peace of mind and safety when in their homes and out of it and that should be taken in consideration when trying to save absolutely anything, including human beings, themselves.