We watched a fantastic film last night “What Would Jesus Buy“, I will write about it more later when I have more time to digest it all. It struck some many chords for me and my husband, We both have been struggling with the consumerism around us and tying not to get sucked in.
One of the “bad guys” of the movie is Wal-Mart- and how it affects local economies- killing small businesses in small town America.
I confess I do shop at Wal-Mart. I have not bought any clothes there for a long long time and doesn’t sound like much of justification. Bulk of our friends openly boycott Wal-Mart and box stores.
Most homeschooling families are living on one income ( two income families I think are what;s led to the crazy consumerism we are living). If you look at most homeschooling blogs like Friendship Alley or Organicaly Inclined they will usually feature a Frugal Living section if some kind.
One thing “Reverend Billy” asks himself in the movie when he purchases an item is ” Where Was it Made” and will the money go back directly into the community. I have justified buying at Wal-Mart because of cost . I ma trying to think of ways i can keep costs down AND not give my money to Giant Conglomerates that earn their profits off the backs of people in third world countries and sweat shops.
I am not against Large companies just the ones that maim, kill and torture people int he name of profit
My first husband worked for a VERY LARGE company that uses a MOUSE as its mascot as an animator and we were all set go and live in the Philippines where he would overseer an animation studio- and after learning about conditions hew not only said no- but quit the company.
ironically- I did go to the Philippines with husband number to where he was workingp0 for another large company that treats their employees fairly.
The Mouse headed company also ended up costing us tons of money in law suits when they wouldn’t not allow my former husband t use their name on his resume in a brochure for art school.
I did manage to boycott Disney til my daughter was 4 and I am shocked to at myself that we have even gone to Disney World. What’s wrong with me?
The movie was a real wake up call- this morning i have been thinking of ways to change- and the first one is to start shopping at a local farmers market.
I think i will also contact organization to see how I can help get message out. My daughter she thinks I should interview Rev. Billy- but he scares me :-) Told her to do it.
here is trailer from the movie: