Someone Else’s Problem
There is a story about two trains heading down the track. One train is headed right at your car. Inside your car sits everything that you love. Your smartphone… your laptop… your friends… your family… your retirement plan… everything you’ve worked hard for in life is in that car. You see the train coming. What do you do? (If you’re a fast reader, stop for a second, visualize this in your mind, and actually contemplate this scenario.)
You would probably move the car, right? You don’t want to lose everything you love and everything that gives you “meaning” in life… I know that if it were my family in the car, I would do whatever it takes to get this vehicle off of the tracks in order to keep the train from killing my family. I’m sure you would do the same.
No there is another set of tracks nearby… the tracks stretch for miles and miles. In fact, the tracks are so incredibly long, that you lose sight of them as they disappear into the horizon line. There is no telling of where that train is heading, the tracks are too long.
Somewhere on those tracks there is a family just like yours. They are good people who are trying to survive. They walk several miles to get clean drinking water. They attend school in a schoolhouse made of mud and sticks. They recently lost a daughter to sex trafficking… and they are struggling to continue on with life. (Again, take a moment to visualize this family, what do they look like, what are their names… see the anguish in the fathers face knowing his beloved daughter was taken away.)
You can’t see them and you’ve never met them… but this train is heading towards them. What do you do?
Do you warn them about the train? Do you try to help them? Or is it somebody else’s problem? They are so far away, you cannot see them, so why should it even matter to you?
We live these lives of excess and surplus. We go to the mall and buy all sorts of stuff that eventually finds its way into a second hand store, and from there, a landfill. Without hesitation, we purchase overpriced coffee on a daily basis. We sit on wifi texting chatting with friends and enjoy all of the wonderful things we have. Yet, across the globe, there are those who are hurting and living a real life nightmare.
We don’t seem to worry or care though, because it’s not our problem, it’s somebody else’s.
I view it as my problem. Many of my friends also view it in the same light. This is why everbound got started. We asked ourselves, what if there was a clothing line that helped those who have less. I know Patagonia helps preserve land, and through that, they are helping a people. But as far as I know, there is no clothing line dedicated to helping improve living conditions.
As everbound begins to build a steady income form clothing / product sales, we want to give money back to organizations who are already changing lives, like Restore International for example.
The next sip of your overpriced pumpkin spice latte, consider the fact that many people can’t find clean drinking water. Purchasing an everbound product is going to help people find clean drinking water, receive a quality education, and enjoy new playgrounds.
This post is in now way meant to make you feel guilty about the blessings we have in the United States, but it is meant to help you consider the global reality around you before your next big purchase.
Partner with us as we begin to impact the world in small ways.
Below is a link to a Five Iron Frenzy song: Someone Else’s Problem
..::Reese hopes you hate it::..
..::Buy it on iTunes by clicking here::..