We get that a lot. When friends visit the farm for the first time we get “Boy you guys sure are lucky!” Seems weird that at age 56 luck should figure so prominently. Luck is for the less experienced, gamblers, and those with a penchant for casting their fate into the ether.
Of course what our friends mean is they acknowledge what we have. The farm. The farm thingys. The lifestyle and the freedom that comes with it. At this point I should make it clear that farmersdotter is younger than I. Not to do so would be unlucky.
Anyway, after several years working for the man options were weighed and the decision was made to pursue a different lifestyle. Other opportunities were present and opting for this farm was a conscience choice. Fortunate? Maybe. Lucky? Not so much.
Why mention this at all? Well, it goes to our philosophy of voting with your wallet. Consider what spending your hard earned store of labour means. Simply, it is a the value of your labour in return for the real cost of acquiring a benefit. Both values must be deemed fair and equal by both parties involved.
As the saying goes ‘we work hard for our money’ and its expenditure should be carefully weighed to ensure it is spent on commodities and services deserving of our efforts. If we decide we just have to have “that” then we calculate the store of labour invested in producing “that”. If the calculation says “that” isn’t fair and equitable then we barter. If bartering doesn’t work then we find “that” somewhere else or go without.
There we just voted with our wallet. We said the value isn’t with you but it might be with someone else. A little harsh but we’re talking about 56 years of accumulated store of labour here. Ain’t going to give it away. Too much respect for that.
In calculating the store of labour we consider the producer’s labour practices, environmental management policies and overall ethics. Don’t like it? Don’t buy it. No ticky no laundry.
Would we invite an unethical producer into our home for a Coke? No. We don’t buy Coke. We don’t buy anything made by Coke. We calculate we don’t like Coke. No ticky.
We do buy fair trade organic coffee. Would you like organic cream and my neighbour’s organic honey with that?