“I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list.”

Just soakin’ up France

Get out there and see the world! Seriously, there is so much to see – and more importantly, to learn.

Some of the biggest issues we find in the world stem from a lack of cultural understanding. Often times, when another culture or way of life is so different from our own, it can be hard to accept those differences. Culturally, what is “right” and what is “wrong” isn’t always clear, and as humans I think we naturally have a desire to decide between the two.

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Forced Adoption Practices in Australia

I read a few of the recommended ethics blogs in the reader.  None of them struck me as particularly ground breaking until i came across an article on Forced Adoption Practices in Australia (http://theadoptedones.wordpress.com/2012/09/12/anglican-church-apology-for-forced-adoption-in-australia/).  A news story describing the events can be found here (http://religiousintelligence.org/churchnewspaper/?p=27740).

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Apple as a Religion

Apple Believer: “Apple as a religion—how true. As an avid Apple fan, I am constantly wondering what Apple’s new innovative technology will be created next. Similarly to religion, I associate certain traditions with Apple—sleek interfaces, easy handling and an ever-present cool factor. I am always thinking about the unknowns and the things that Apple keeps so secret. Steve Jobs and the inventive pioneers at Apple are similar to preachers, creating for us, their consumers. They show us what we want before we even know ourselves. In some ways it is like a belief system. I trust whole-heartedly that the next Apple product will be brilliant, inventive and world-changing. I don’t just want that new piece of technology, I need it.

So why is it a problem when you start to think about the Apple religion? Is it right to just blindly believe what we want to believe, and turn our backs to some of the truths about the religion? Religions often involve a set of ethics and values. As an Apple consumer, I would hope that Apple holds themselves to high ethical standards. But do they?”

Daisey: “Shenzhen is a city of history”

Apple Fanatic vs Mike Daisey

Apple Fanatic: Okay Mike Daisey that is enough, I do not want to hear anymore! My iPhone is my life, my connection to the outside world, my baby. My iPhone and I have been together for years, she would never betray me like this. Sure, she was made in China, but try and find me something that was NOT made overseas. She’s mine now, who cares where she came from or who made her. Who do you think you are? What makes you think you can come in here and tarnish our relationship with your lies!

….I mean, they are lies right? Foxconn cannot be a real place; Foxconn cannot be the place my beloved iPhone was made. Steve Jobs and Apple would never do such a thing. They would never treat workers like that…right? Even if Foxconn is a real place, it has nothing to do with Apple. It CANNOT be Apple…right?