NUKe wrote:Ben@Forest wrote:JohnW wrote:- I've never eaten a Penguin
This one struck me because of a story told to me by a woman some years ago - she was on a VSO trip to South Africa in the late 90s (so well after apartheid had gone) and an oil slick affected penguins on the coast. As she and other well-meaning white people (and they were all white) were cleaning penguins a group of black people further up the same beach were collecting oil-covered penguins to eat. It is in no way a story about colour but about poverty, she and the her group were well-fed enough to be concerned about the plight of penguins, the other group were hungry enough to see anything as potential food.
It has of course just struck me that the OP was talking about chocolate-covered snack bars...
As to things I've never done, though I've visited castles all over Europe as a tourist I've never been to the one in our town (lived here eight years), strange how you ignore what's close to you.
great story Ben. it does sum the dilemma facing the modern world. one half has power and food. The other half would like the same, but he first half says to second half you can't do that we have to save the planet. Time for some real hard choices for the west.
I agree, Ben and Nuke. Thanks for sharing the story and the thoughts.
As to the hard choices.......they involve the recognition that continued exploitation of resources (both human and material) at an unsustainable level will continue to put off paying the true cost, and pile it on the exploited poor of the present and the future. Sadly, this is an inevitable consequence of capitalism (which is now global, and dominant), even though there are some benefits accruing.