- Why do people still smoke tobacco?
- Why do people have more than two offspring?
Tobacco and overpopulation are certainly the "politically correct"
sources to blame. Sift out the politics and think about our own
responsibilities as metal smiths. We are close to the end of a long
chain of production using metal and stones. Where do they come from?
Think about the fact that in order to get what we need, people must
mine it out of the earth. How environmentally friendly is mining?
And how about the stones we use from third world countries? Have you
ever seen films of the young Columbian women chest deep in muddy
runoff pools from the emerald mines searching through the much for
small specks of emerald ? Then when they find one, they put it in
their mouths for safekeeping while they search for more. The pools
are said to be contaminated with mercury runoff which the mineworkers
use. And the deep diamond mines in South Africa, the lapis mines in
Afghanistan, it goes on and on.
What we do is politically acceptable, indeed desirable, for we take
the wealth of the earth and transform it into treasures for the elite
and into wealth for the nations. It has been so since antiquity.
Even God wanted it, according to Genesis, to decorate the Tabernacle.
I believe that we as human beings are part of this world, to be
nurtured and sustained by it. In turn we must be good stewards of
the resources we have been granted. We are not a virus which
contaminates the planet by our very existence which is such a popular
radical political view now.
The blame game can be spread all around to everyone, but if you
indulge in this, separate political agenda from fact. We are as
responsible as anyone else is on this planet. We cannot sit in our
lofty studios and blame others, we must look to ourselves.