When I was in school, my professor wrote this phrase in my class journal while he was reviewing it one time: “think globally, act locally.”
I don’t recall the journal entry details I’d written that prompted this comment from him; I know very well that my head and heart where on fire with lots of time and attention thinking about the Cold War between the U.S. and the then Soviet Union. I was studying political science, and I was deeply effected by the implications and the details of this super power conflict.
Years later, I find myself still thinking of the global community, how we fit in, and how we can effect positive change.
This piece from Seth Godin has a good, practical take on the matter: it basically illustrates the linkage between how our local actions effect peoples and communities thousands of miles away. It’s up to each of us to be mindful, and not just to make the best decision you can for yourself; consider how your decision will effect others.
We all can do our part. And we should. So do so.
One way? “Don’t buy cheap chocolate.”