Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Individual Limitations and Focus

We have encountered some questions which have been repeatedly answered. Many people ask why we are focusing on Coca-Cola, instead of the Columbian government. Now, I think Joe, Daniel, and I would all love to see major reform in Columbia. However, our power to do so as Americans is limited. However, we, as Americans, have a tremendous influence on Coca-Cola, because it is an American corporation. Thus, our efforts are going to where we feel they would be more effective.

No one person can solve all of the world's problems. Howeverm each one of us can make a major difference in the world. Working together, we can all improve the Earth. However, our limitations as individuals means we can not focus on everything. As such, Joe, Dan, and I have chosen to focus on Coca-Cola.

We are not looking to destroy Coca-Cola or to have Coca-Cola shut down all the bottling plants. We merely want an independent investigation. We simply seek the truth.

"If ignorance is bliss, then knock the smile off my face" --Zack de La Rocha

6 Comments:

Anonymous Christine Hooyman said...

Exactly.
This is exactly what I was talking about in my comment on the "Firestorm" blog.

We must seek truth. In truth, justice awaits.

11:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Once you find the truth are you going to put it in a frame, place it on your wall, and simply be excited that you found ~the truth~? THE TRUTH.

Not to be an ass, but who cares?

If Coke is killing people and you find out the truth, Columbian families aren't going to sleep better at night because the T R U T H has been exposed.

Truth is great; finding truth isn't justice. You must do something with your (drumroll) TRUTH.

Boycotting the plants/Coke, ruining an already struggling economy, and ending just one company in one country isn't going to stop a government from killing over beliefs.

Suggest a plan of action for what you're going to do with your T R U T H, if it's found. I challenge you to suggest a plan which isn't going to cripple an already impoverished country. I challenge you to suggest a plan which doesn't "destory" Coke. I challenge you to suggest a plan which is ultimately just FAIR, just EQUAL.

The problem is far from black and white. Boycotting Coke is NOT the answer. Finding truth and placing it on a pedistal is NOT the answer. Demanding an investigation just for the sake of having an investigation is NOT the answer.

Prove to me (to us) that you want to ultimately solve this problem, not just prove that you're anti-Coke view is correct.

-B

11:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We have a tremendous influence on Coke, but going after them is not the answer.

As I said before, we should not aspire for what I call destructive reform, where a group goes after ending something, but then once they reach that, they have no ultimate solution. Because the moment Coke feels too much pressure, they will pull out of Colombia and look for another source to avoid criticism. So youve made your boycott work, but now you have to invest your efforts all over again and come up with a solution. Thats simply a waste of time/resources.

Rather Constructive reform is what everyone shoudl focus on. We need to educate Colombians and invest ALL our efforts on building up Colombians to make a decision for themselves. You say our power is limited as Americans. Well, that's true when your goal potentially results in job losses. OUR POWER IS NOT LIMITED IF WE THINK OUT OUR PLANS AND MAKE POSITIVE CHANGE HAPPEN. This will come when Colombian politics and economics becomes legitimate. This is an enormous task, no doubt, especially when no one believes it can be done. But that is the ultimate way to bring change there, and changing those institutions will allow human rights to improve drastically.

-Max Blau

PS- B, who are you, you go to loyola?

12:10 AM  
Blogger Thomas Paine said...

Max, why not do both?

Educating Colombians, as you said, is absolutely necessary. Ignorance fuels injustice.

We talked last night a little bit about why we chose to focus on Coca-Cola and not another topic (like the corruption in third-world governments). Our answer to a question about that was that our school has a direct relationship to Coca-Cola and therefore a greater influence.

Boycotts are not destructive. Sitting by and not confronting Coca-Cola, in my opinion, would be destructive. Some of the greatist justice movements in history have involved boycotts. Think of the bus boycott of the Civil Rights movement. When Gandhi fought for Indian independence he encouraged Indians not to buy British products. There is a long history of successful boycotts.

Now if you think that we should also be trying to educate Colombians, I would be more than happy to help you with whatever you have in mind. Tom and I are Amnesty International leaders and we actually have discussed the situation in Colombia at our meetings in the past (although we mostly focused on the "drug war" there).

11:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The point of the boycott is not to put them out of business, it is to force the Coke corp. the respond. This is the only option, to literarly force them to do something about the problem or to loose money.

4:22 PM  
Blogger Colombiianita said...

please note that you are spelling Colombia wrong. It is spelled with an "o" not a "u"

5:01 PM  

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