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Thursday, January 9, 2003

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Re :"Don't you get it folks? You are the man," Dec. 4

To the Editor:

Nothing is as simple as black and white, especially not global economy, so please refrain from such elementary columns as capitalism is good and everything else is bad. In response to North America's over consumption, Allen Chen offers up the comment that "There's no waste, the product will serve its purpose."

So, spoilers and rims on our [Honda] Civics are the bare essentials? Don't give me that shit that we work hard for our materialistic "extras." I've met Haitian sugar cane cutters that work back-breaking physical labour in 40 degree weather for 13 hours a day who can't afford food for their family.

"Don't deny it; we all hope to climb as high as we can on that corporate ladder," Chen states. I'll deny it and will continue to deny it. I have absolutely no desire for more money in my life. I'm eternally grateful for the riches I have been blessed with. In return, I make it my life's purpose to give back to the world from which I have taken so much.

I'm by no means perfect, and I probably spend too much money on beer like a lot of people at Western, but I try to do everything I can. I don't spend anything on fast food or new clothes. I get much more satisfaction from giving than buying. Simplifying your life and re-evaluating your "needs" is something everyone can do. But I guess living my life like this makes me a "damn commie."

Andrew deWaard
MIT/Film II

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