At dignify, we’ve discovered that when someone buys one of our ethical goods, like a kantha blanket, they seem to love it more and more after they’ve purchased it. We think this delight is the satisfaction of money well spent: the joy of discovering that you’ve purchased something that was worth its value, and further, that it has impacted the world & people in it for good.
It would be excellent if all of the products I use, the clothes I wear, the gifts I buy, the food I eat, could be sourced thoughtfully, crafted with care, made of lasting quality, created by people who are treated well and thriving in their work. I wish it were so!
If this were my reality, I would never need to think about my purchases and the trail of my money. But, it certainly is not mine, and my sense is that it isn’t yours, either.
In small & steady ways, figuring it out as we go along.
“Put your money where your mouth is,” says the old cliché. Sounds easy! If you have unlimited resources of time & money. And if you never make compromises.
So let’s get real, because there are far too many tensions in life for it to be that easy. Instead, “Throw out the guilt trips, give up on the jargon, and look in the mirror.”* Or, rather, look in the wallet!
Our purchases are integral to our life – one of the most regular, persistent spheres of our influence. Let’s go forward together, exploring the tensions, trying to do a little bit better, be a little bit more thoughtful, & bring a little bit more flourishing to the world, one purchase at a time!
*A quote from Berlin Reed, "The Ethical Butcher",
a champion of thoughtfulness in eating
A friend recently asked on Facebook for “the most challenging and enlightening resource you have read/watched about the problem of racism in America”. This question received numerous responses within the day: half a dozen films, dozens of books, podcasts, courses, and other hubs of information resources (as well as the astute reply, “Conversation”, which is, of course, the most relational and human of “resources”).
I think that this experience was shared by most people in early June (as protests & concerns over racial injustice had reached a critical volume): so many resources, so much to learn.
But now, 2 months later… what have we done with the magnitude of worthy, fascinating, perspective-altering information & insights that have been brought to our attention?
And this it only in the area racial injustice. In other interests & concerns: How much do we know? How much have we learned & read & listened to already?
Approximately 25 years ago (in March 2020), we did a customer/reader survey. I asked what you like to read on the blog & one of the respondents suggested a post on "living generously". What a fabulous idea and perfect for this time in history!
[The title of this post implies some kind of authority or expertise — ha! Nope, no experts here... just some thoughts on generosity from a fellow human, trying to make my way!]
A few weeks ago, I bumped into another grade 1 parent at the park, an acquaintance I knew from school events. As we chatted about our strange time since mid-March (working from home; restless but resilient kids; he hadn’t stepped foot in a store for 3 months...), he made an interesting remark:
We’ve looked at our bank account at the end of each month and thought, “what were we spending all that money on?!”