Innocence?

Innocence?

Blood cell phones. While we are posting our latest party snapshots, the last Congolese mountain gorillas vanish, eaten by thousands of slave labourers and child workers scratching the poisonous ore, named Coltan, out of the soil. We live in paradise without noticing it – they suffer in hell. More information on http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coltan_mining_and_ethics

Coltan is used for the production of tantalum, a substance which is an essential component of communication electronics such as mobile phones, smart phones, tablet computers, navigation systems etc. (Due to the very rare recycling of tantalum capacitors fresh metal is needed for production of micro-electronics.)

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TABOOS in MODERN, AFFLUENT SOCIETIES

Is it taboo to regard our comsumption habits as major reason for current and future global problems?
Is "the consumer's ethic responsibility" a taboo word in a free world?
Is it taboo in capitalist systems to question the unlimited economic growth?

Many of us, inhabitants of the first-world countries, are proud to have the newest smartphone, wide-screen TV set or digital camera. The old stuff might still be operational, but fortunately new consumer electronics doesn't cost much. We think driving a big car, buying piles of inexpensive clothing, eating tasty meat by the kilo and travelling by airplane are nice things, achievements of technical progress. Maybe for us, but not for others.

Problems related to electronic waste and environment pollution are being outsourced into developing countries. Energy-intensive production of raw materials and cheap everyday items takes place in countries with low labor costs, low social and ecological standards and dubious political systems. Tropical rain forests harboring rare species are being cleared for the production of soya cattle feed and low-cost palm tree oil. Until now, no place could be found to securely store radioactive waste from nuclear power plants. We leave that stuff, emitting lethal radiation for millenia, to our descendants.

Who really cares about his own ecological, more precisely, ethic footprint? Assuming the world population had ours, we would need three Earths. It still seems to be taboo to confess that our egoism is endangering next generations and the rest of the world. Reduction of overconsumption, buying less needless things is unacceptable. We prefer to keep the luxury living standard we have once got accustomed to.

The above shown image of an installation of three mobile phones – with blood trickling out of them – poses the critical question as to whether people, having such taboos in their heads, can be considered to be innocent. (The picture is part of the series "Paradoxes".)

Related articles:
http://www.greenbiz.com/news/2008/12/21/taboo-talk-green-business-buy-less-stuff
http://e360.yale.edu/feature/consumption_dwarfs_population_as_main_environmental_threat/2140/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ethical_consumerism
http://www.gegenstandpunkt.com/english/consumption.html
http://www.fes-sustainability.org/de/diskussionen/between-choice-and-structure-sustainable-consumption-and-responsibility
http://www.consumersfiji.org/about-us/consumer-right-and-responsibilities
http://discardstudies.com/2015/09/10/bigger-better-faster-more-breaking-the-taboo-of-production/

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robolotion
2 anni fa
robolotion Artista
Thank you, Steve. :-)
inksteve
2 anni fa
inksteve Artista
Bellissima spiegazione,grande concetto...bravissimo Robo.
Massimo Di Stefano
4 anni fa
Great!!!!!!!!
robolotion
4 anni fa
robolotion Artista
Thank you for your comment, Antonio.

The picture can bee viewed in a better quaility, less pixelated here:
http://robolotion.deviantart.com/art/Innocence-390655078?q=gallery%3Arobolotion%2F38307868&qo=55
Antonio Moschetto
4 anni fa
Taboo or not taboo...This is Art !
This 'compassionate' World thanks you.
robolotion
4 anni fa
robolotion Artista
Thank you, Eurico. :-)
robolotion
4 anni fa
robolotion Artista
Thank you for the comment, Suzan.
There might be many taboos. I hope I could explain the chosen one in an understandable way. I have been trying to substantiate my allegations by researching various articles in the internet.
Suzan a1qq Hijab
4 anni fa
So what is taboo - it has endless answers. Tabu is who is allowed to consume or not. how many people may not drive cars or how much. Environmental reasons, is born not taboo. The human being has a head to think - in the new period is over, that solves human in the new technology. He is not to say in a position no. the storm scratching the woods. Nature sunset phenomena, international congresses 2 cm seawater to reduce by the end of the century.
Ridiculous
Eurico Haan
4 anni fa
Eurico Haan Artista, Art lover, Pittore
Fantastic !!!

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