|I snapped this real quick with my phone, not the best quality of pictures, but I wanted to share with you.|
We ate till we were sleepy, went for a walk, and later went to the movies. The Farrums and I saw 12 Years a Slave.
It was such a heartbreaking story that was agonizing to watch at times. At the beginning, the main character, Solomon was a free man in New York while slavery was going on all around him and the world yet he did nothing about it. After he was forced into slavery, he came into contact with several people who were sympathetic to him and wished they could do something but out of fear refused. While watching the movie I was reminded that the abomination of slavery continues in current time. We often times watch movies like 12 Years a Slave and think, "Whew! Glad those days are over!" but people everywhere are still being forced to do things against their will and without compensation. And just like Solomon, and his sympathizers I say and do nothing. I may buy fair trade coffee and sugar, but I want and need to be more active regarding the plight of others all around the world.
The first step in which I need to make in taking this issue more seriously, is learning where my food, clothes and daily necessities come from and who is making them and how. I should probably take a stronger position politically (because as it stands, I am nearly apolitical and take hardly any stances at all about anything) and make sure there are stricter trade agreements. And I should acquaint myself with local organizations that are making a difference. I know of several orgs in my hometown that fight against modern day slavery though not in LA.
I am thankful for my freedom, but not at the expense of others, and I don't want to continue to blindly live my life as if everything fine and perfect.
One of my attempts to ensure a slave-free Christmas... I am trying to make as many of my gifts by my own hands as possible. So sorry, if you happen to receive one, haha. Fair trade items are more expensive, as they should be, and since I can't afford them all, this is my solution. (Tonight my friend is teaching me to crochet which is going a little better than I had expected. I am also making clay beads that I will paint tomorrow and make jewelry with. I have so many gift ideas... just you wait! haha)