Some might think I’m complaining about people and that I think they’re hopeless. Well, that’s not true. I believe in Change, as Obama’s campaign was about. I wish that people will open their eyes and see the whole picture. I want people to open their mind and burst their bubble of comfort. The other day I was with a friend of mine, she saw a shopping window and burst out “Oh, that dress was pretty!” “Has H&M started with recycled clothes? well, that’s nice” They didn’t have the dress she wanted, so she wanted to look in the store some more. She said she really wanted a new dress for tomorrow, and I asked her if there was something special happening then. Nope, she was just going out on a normal weekend and wanted a new dress. I can’t say she has to few of them. In Bergen I also see a lot of students shopping like their wallets have no bottom or their bank accounts no limit. People consume, that’s what we’re brought up to do. When the financial crisis happened they wanted us to consume more to make the economy flow again, and so we did. It’s nice that H&M think about the environment, but do they think about the workers? “Made in China” doesn’t mean, “made by happy workers in China”. I recently watched a documentary about the tailoring industry and the decline of work in the US. The CEO of a major clothing company in the US said that they couldn’t control what happens in the factories in India. The conditions are almost worse than in the US in the 1920s. We’re happy as long as this doesn’t happen in the West. If it happens elsewhere its not our problem, because its not our part of the world. But it wouldn’t cost that much to send someone to inspect and make sure that the workers work under just conditions. The Western corporations don’t take responsibility. They make money off of poor peoples misery and almost hopeless life situations. These hardworking women, children and men give us all the pretty things we desire, to feel happy and content in these materialistic countries we live in. We exceed out credit card limits to be able to buy things! I’m scared that these Western values infect the minds of those who appreciate life for what it is. I’ve seen how it spreads in Latin America because they look up to the West. And I’ve met people who’ve tried to escape the consumption that has consumed them. There are not enough things in this world to make you happy! Think about it next time you just have to buy something that’s “IN”, and stop yourself from asking your parents pretty please, “can I have this?” Don’t become a spoiled youth! Or at least respect the workers who made this for you.