Boycotting as an ethical method

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Boycotting as an ethical method

Post by odysseus » Thu Nov 08, 2018 5:14 pm

Lately, I've started boycotting more companies and their products. Not gonna mention who they are, but it's for various reasons like animal testing, employee abuses, and bad customer service. My list of boycotts is not big, so it's easy to do without brooding over it every time I shop. I can mostly find an alternative elsewhere.

My small money is not a loss to these companies, but my conscience is better when I keep a distance. It hangs together with Right livelihood and part of ethical conduct.

Do any of you boycott and for what reasons?

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Re: Boycotting as an ethical method

Post by justsit » Thu Nov 08, 2018 8:19 pm

There are places that I do not support with my dollars, usually because they offer unhealthy options (ie, fast food) or have discriminatory, unethical, or other unsavory corporate policies (Hobby Lobby, Chix Fil-A, etc.). I don't really consider that I'm "boycotting" per se, I'd rather spend my money elsewhere. I also prefer to use small businesses vs. gorillas (Walmart, Amazon). One does what one can.

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Re: Boycotting as an ethical method

Post by XXIlluminatingVoid72 » Mon Nov 12, 2018 6:59 pm

I boycott Israeli products. Those whos barcode starts with "729". They have begun bombing Gaza civilians again today...Very sad

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Re: Boycotting as an ethical method

Post by Caoimhghín » Mon Nov 12, 2018 10:43 pm

odysseus wrote:
Thu Nov 08, 2018 5:14 pm
Do any of you boycott and for what reasons?
I boycott the Salvation Army, because they are a terrible sect who should not be doing the work they are doing.

In reverence for the root gnosis of the heart, the dharmakāya,
for the ever present good law of the heart, the lotus terrace,
for the inborn adornment of the trikāya, the thirty-seven sages dwelling in the heart,
for that which is removed from seed and fruit, the upright key to the universal gate,
for all boundless concentrations, the sea of virtue, the root perfection,
I prostrate, bowing to the hearts of all Buddhas.

胎藏金剛菩提心義略問答鈔, Treatise on the teaching of the gnostic heart of the womb and the diamond, T2397.1.470c5-8

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