I don’t consider myself political, or someone who’s particularly influenced by media storms or hot-button issues. I don’t like making a big stink about things unless I really understand them and feel extremely passionate one way or another. We’re all entitled to our own viewpoints and too many soap boxes just look cluttered.
But sometimes I can’t resist.
What’s got me fired up this time? Wait for it…
I know, I know. It’s a national firestorm about chicken nuggets. And the Boston mayor is involved – you know that means business.
Now, assuming the entire U.S. is reading this blog (not that farfetched) – that means half of you just cheered, and the other half scoffed and hissed. And that’s totally fine. In fact, I can say with confidence that my ramblings this evening likely won’t impact profits for a fast-food chain raking in more than $4B a year. But (there’s always a but), this situation bothers me. Enough to be writing about it when I should be sleeping.
And while I don’t expect to steer you scoffers away from those tasty waffle fries, hear this:
We live in a country founded on the pursuit of freedom and equality. If a company is going to give millions of dollars to organizations that are against these ideals, then I don’t want to give them my money. Even if they also donate money to some lovely causes, I can’t get past that whole ‘i don’t think everyone is the same’ nonsense, especially when it’s based on the grounds of religion that teaches tolerance and acceptance.
Simple as that.
I know that chances are, every company in the world is in some way linked to a group or cause I oppose, and that’s the nature of free enterprise. Until I’ve learned to cultivate my own food and clothing (never), I will likely be inadvertently supporting a whole gaggle of businesses with less than ethical behavior.
As one writer puts it, “Companies have a right to do what they want with their profits, even if it’s something as indefensible as supporting anti-gay initiatives.”
But – if I can make a simple, conscious choice that supports my own values and beliefs – why wouldn’t I?
For all the news about anti bullying efforts in schools, let’s hold businesses to the same standards. After all, the behaviors may be displayed in different ways, but all manifest from intolerance. And that ain’t right.