Some very disturbing news came to my attention this morning, and I’m having trouble wrapping my head around the implications. Read it for yourself.
Go on; I’ll wait. It’s just one page.
Do you see what I mean? Can you appreciate the mixed emotions and weird thoughts coursing through my cortex right now? I thought they were the bad guys: low wages; bad working conditions; extortionary practices toward vendors; externalizing health care costs to the government; destruction of small-town America; a general dumbing-down and homogenization of American culture (such as it is); the list goes on . (Click those links, as always, at your own risk.)
It’s like seeing the schoolyard bully feeding stray kittens and reading to preschoolers.
On the other hand…if they use that awesome cosmic power for good…things would improve for a lot of people, right? After all, the company started an energy efficiency drive in 2005, added greenhouse-gas reduction goals earlier this year, and has gotten compact fluorescent light bulbs into millions of American homes . So, maybe they can benefit local farm producers while they provide consumers with more healthy food choices. Yet they use an odd definition of “locally sourced,” calling it something grown and sold in the same state. That sure gives Texas and California lots of leeway, but what about the Northeast? Will Maine blueberries be ostracized in New Hampshire? Or take the Northwest: will Yakima peaches make it to Oregon? Then again, there is evidence that they seem to understand regionalism.
These are topsy-turvy days in which we live.