posted on Mar, 23 2011 @ 01:49 PM
There was a time when I'd be on board with you. I actually don't feel good about where certain products come from and how we have obtained them, but
let's just sit down and list all the things we use every day, all over the world, and figure out how likely or possible it is to stop using all
products obtained in an immoral way:
Products made from oil:
- Asphalt roads
- Plastics such as computers, bottled drinks, video and photo cameras, TVs, radios, phones, pens, plastic containers of any sort, refrigerators,
printers, inks, electric cords, car/airplane/motorcycle/boat components, etc.
- Medical supplies such as heart valves, antiseptics, rubbing alcohol, bandages, aspirin, vitamins, etc.
- Food preservatives
- Toiletries such as shampoo, lotions, cosmetics, shaving cream, toothpaste, deodorant, etc.
and the list goes on and on. I haven't even listed the things that get produced with the help of oil (lubricating and running machinery), which
happens to be a very long list. Oil is the blood of our civilization. Look around you and count all the things in your house that contain plastic
components. There's probably more than you thought. Outside the realm of your house there are businesses you may be supporting by purchasing their
services or items which were created with the help of oil. Should we boycott every store, restaurant, park, social service or TV/radio/internet
network who uses plastics to conduct business? What happens to all the jobs around the world when we stop using the products and services? Do we all
go back to farming and hunting, fighting for the land our cows must graze on in order to survive? At what point will humans stop fighting for
resources of any kind?
Without these products we would have no way to communicate the way we are doing now. We wouldn't be able to receive news from the other side of the
world, no pictures or evidence of the atrocities, no internet,.... basically human civilization would be completely different than it is now.
Before you even put a tiny little dent into the war for oil, you would need to toss out hundreds, if not thousands of useful and life-saving products,
or find an alternative material to produce them from. If you want to lessen the human need for oil, you're going to have to find an effective
substance to replace it with first. Otherwise the war will go on. There is no country on this earth who doesn't make use of this precious resource.
We all have blood on our hands when you consider it. Is it right? No, I don't think it's right that people have to die for it. Why not negotiate
fair prices instead and pay what it's worth without complaints or threats? We all need it, so why can't we strike a peaceful deal? What is standing
in our way of doing so? That's what we need to ask ourselves.