- 7 years ago
- Wedding: December 2013
Just want to start out by saying….I’m not trying to start a “diamonds are evil” argument thread..so please lets be grown ups and not do that!
Blood Diamond was on tv tonight, and since I had read the book a few years ago, I decided to watch it. It was so sad and depressing, it made me cry quite a bit. I feel like whether it be diamonds, ivory, or any other resource, Africa always gets exploited. People there DIE for these things, children get AK47’s put in their hands for these things…and at the end of the day…diamonds are just a thing made of carbon.. Nothing anyone can justify killing another human being over. I guess I’m kinda just grossed out lately with how much violence is going on these days over things that here in the US, we just consume, and alnost never think twice about the source of where it came from.
To me, a human life is ALWAYS>diamonds, gold, ivory, oil, etc, etc. It’s just so hard to think about because we are so far removed from violence, it doesn’t even seem real. All we have to do to escape thinking about it is to just turn off the tv.
I don’t really have a good reason for writing this post, that movie was just so intense..I felt the need to talk about how I felt I guess.
On a side note: Even though a diamond may not be a conflict diamond, the fact that people demand diamonds (regardless of where they may be from), still drives the continued violence. For example, say tomorrow diamonds were deemed just another worthless rock in the ground. Would the conflict surrounding them continue? Of course not, nobody is going to fight over something that isn’t valuable to them.
I guess that last statement could be considered an argument, but I’m really just intending it to be an economics example of supply and demand. Don’t get me wrong, I love diamonds and think they are beautiful, I just with that I could say that nobody ever died/got injured over one. If you haven’t, read the book and/or watch the movie..it really gets you thinking from a different perspective. Not to mention Leo’s pretty hott, so there’s one upside.
Please please please no fighting! 🙂