This week, I posted on my personal Facebook page on Amazon's Prime Day:
I don't post frequently enough anymore, so if this makes me seem judgy or I arrogant, I'm sorry! I understand the appeal of Amazon for everything they offer, convenience & prices etc. But honestly, Amazon 👎🏻👎🏻👎🏻 is the worst.
Here is the statistic I was sharing along with this comment: "During the pandemic, Jeff Bezos became $97 billion richer by increasing prices by up to 1,000% on essential items and denying hazard pay and paid sick leave to over 450,000 of his workers." (ref.)
A thoughtful friend commented with honesty,
"Could you share some more of your insights about Amazon. I don’t disagree that their model is terrible but I also haven’t been convinced enough to forgo the crazy convenience of it.
Here is the response I posted. I really had no intention to share this here! But, several friends sent me messages afterwards, and I thought this might strike a similar chord with you. It's not a research paper; just a conversation between friends.
Greenlight Bookstore in Brooklyn, NY during the American Booksellers Association's #BoxedOut campaign (during Prime Week); photos via Greenlight's Facebook page
Colleen sent in this message:
Hi, love the items and have purchased several.
Question: last week I had put a classic throw in my cart and then shopped for another and placed in my cart as well and when I went to complete the purchase, they were marked as sold and unavailable.
How does this work? Was extremely disappointed!
I completely understand — what a disappointment! Let's talk more about this...
(Photo courtesy of Friends of Basha)
Reflections from my experience visiting a Brothel in Bangladesh
As impossible as it is for me to believe now, earlier in 2020 I flew around the world. The primary objective was to visit Bangladesh and see, in person, the life-changing work in which dignify has had the privilege to participate over these past 8 years.
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?