Living in the World & Decisions We Make

It’s been great to visit with some of my family and old friends over the last few days, and I suppose it shouldn’t surprise me that blog content, especially that of recent weeks, became fodder for conversation. In particular, the blood chocolate posts (both of them) came up a lot, since a family trip to Hershey’s Chocolate World was arranged (with the joke that I would be taking my picket signs to hold up during the photo op at the end of the free ride). The international slave trade came up as well a few times, as did capitalism, consumerism, and trying to simplify our lives. Overall, sounds like great Thanksgiving conversation, doesn’t it? You might think I’m being sarcastic, but I’m not.

Some folks have reported a love/hate relationship with Texas Schmexas, and I think their complaints are fair. I spend a lot of time bringing up ideas I’m having about community, but though I’m asking a lot of questions, I’m not trying to answer them. There is a sense in which I don’t feel like I have the answers, which is why I avoid the presumption of “do as I do” sorts of posts, but, as my dad pointed out, I do actually spend a lot of time thinking about the practical “so now what” questions. Why not, instead of just saying “Hershey’s chocolate is blood chocolate,” actually say, “So we decided to buy this kind of chocolate instead”? Maybe I’ll try that. If I remember. If I forget though, please ask me those sorts of practical questions.

After all, we can’t live in this world without, well, living in the world.

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