A couple of things caught my attention this week:
I Bought a House in Detroit for $500
This article posted in BuzzFeed by Drew Philip, is a first-hand account of an idealistic college graduate who moved to Detroit in an effort to help save the city. Inspirational yet poignant, the author candidly shares his experiences, observations, and fears. The article sheds light on the rise and fall of the city and how corruption, ambition, and segregation tore away at it. Overall, I found it to be a very-well written article that speaks to the idealists and the lost alike.
“Have compassion for all beings, rich and poor alike; each has their suffering. Some suffer too much, others too little” - Gautama Buddha
A couple of days ago, I read an article on Causes.com that opened my eyes at the cruelty behind silk. I had always known that silk was made from silk worms but I never imagined the inhumane conditions in which these creatures live. In short, most silk comes from the bombyx mori caterpillar which has been inbred for generations resulting in blindness and deformities which make it impossible for the caterpillar to live in the wild. Their sole purpose in life is to make their silk cocoons, and once they do, they are killed. According to PETA, about 3,000 silkworms are called in order to make one pound of silk.
I find it important that as consumers we are well-informed about what we purchase and the ecological and humane impact that we make. I encourage you to check out other articles regarding silk and its humane alternative, peace silk. Click here and here for more information.