We’re all good and human when it comes to share the photo of an African child dying. But no one cares anymore when it comes the time for shopping. Perhaps for negligence or arrogance and individualism. Yet the money you invest in your favorite devices are part of the funding of violence. And the more time you will use your device the more you will see photos of the african blood. The more you will use the famous “sad emoticon” and the more you’ll become pathetic and assassin. If you really want to stop participating in the genocide, you can always stop or restrict the purchase of these goods. Or maybe it’s more interesting to show your face and your false philanthropy pressing a ghost button on your screen? We feel so guilty that we are always ready to be indignant for any bullshit. Yet when it comes to acting, no one cares. We feel so indifferent and selfish that we are ready to state our indignation at every stupid scandal. As those who carry in the pocket a cross because they are afraid of being devoured by the guilt of their sins. Yet we all have the power to boycott, not purchasing the fucking articles that makes us more beautiful and interesting, instead of sharing horrible photographs.

A society based on consumerism is a source of wars, poverty and contributes to increasing the gap between the social classes. Why? In order to offer more consumer goods and more competitive prices, you need an aggressive development of the economy. For example it is in the interests of the big multinational corporations to retain the South Africans states in consistent poverty and difficulties. In this way the prices of raw materials will be kept low and the work hard, the lands are acquired by large companies for the extraction of gold and useful minerals to the electronics industry (land grabbing), the same companies that also entrust our savings. An army is usually hired to monitor the work and force production by violence and of course the political corruption is rampant. The goal is the creation of two personalities: the dissatisfied buyer and the worker without alternatives.

Congo - Workers mining for your next SMARTPHONE
Congo – Workers mining for your next SMARTPHONE
Congolese mining legislation requires mining companies to initiate and maintain constructive dialogue with communities affected by their projects, but this is almost never done. The Congolese government fails to give its citizens sufficient protection against the abusive practices of large companies. Source: SOMO

Politics has no power over those who hold more capital and greater economic power. All these big companies are taking advantage of man’s inherent need, applying laws and legalizing from time to time just a neurotic way to the satisfaction of these ancient desires.

I take this opportunity to advertise a research center on the affairs of multinationals, the SOMO research center, a not-for-profit knowledge center born and living in Amsterdam.

“The Centre for Research on Multinational Corporations (SOMO) is a critical, independent, not-for-profit knowledge centre on multinationals. Since 1973 we have investigated multinational corporations and the impact of their activities on people and the environment. We provide custom-made services (research, consulting and training) to non-profit organisations and the public sector. We strengthen collaboration between civil society organisations through our worldwide network. In these three ways, we contribute to social, environmental and economic sustainability.” Source: SOMO, about page

 

Blood Coltan

One last thing. If you open a smartphone and you look inside you may find blood that has not been washed. In fact they can’t work without a special mineral called Coltan. The documentary that I suggest you to see was filmed by danish director Frank Piasecki Poulsen and it tells something that everyone should know before you even complain about the immigration drama or even worse, the need to buy a new device. Welcome to the SOCIAL.

 

 

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“There were no schools, I couldn’t study and there is no land to farm,” Busisi said. “There are no jobs now in Congo, no place for me to work, except the mines.”