Today is Buy NOthing Day which is usually a bit of a challenge for me, what with me being a shopping queen and all, but today – not a problem because my purse is on sick leave and the weather outside is just gorgeous so a long walk in the fresh outdoors is looking much more desirable than elbowing my way through the hostile crowds on the high street.
But yes, Buy NOthing Day – as consumers we rarely think of the social and environmental consequences that our shopping and our shopping habits bring. So the organisers of “Buy NOthing Day” send us a simple message: Shop less – live more! And they want as many people as possible to take part in a big consumer stand-off today.
And so, t’is my intention to avoid the crowds, keep my purse safely tucked inside my bag and take a long walk but before I go, please excuse me while I have a quick soap box moment.
The news that anti-abortionists are being allowed into secondary schools and are using shock tactics to indoctrinate the kids had me puffing like a steam train. According to the article, one teacher gave a talk in an RE lesson which was emotively entitled Abortion is Murder and the kids were shown graphic pictures of aborted foetuses. Abortion was also compared to Nazism which is rather bizarre and obscure by any stretch of the imagination. But the worse part is that these teachers are being selective with the actual facts of the procedure involved.
It’s wrong on many levels. Of course I support schools that hold discussions about the issue, but come on, some balance please . . . and total honesty. Our kids are impressionable and should be presented with true facts from both sides of the argument. They sure as hell don’t need misleading and dramatic words and images that might horrify them into a blinkered viewpoint.