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Re: “I am Annoyed and Disappointed

I go to Cafe Gratitude because I like to eat quinoa and raw zucchini and sometimes I don't feel like making it for myself. I tolerate the affirmation-speak like I tolerate the restaurants that make their waiters sing. I feel no nobler about eating food I could very easily make for myself than I do about buying cheap clothes made by slave labor.

I have studied enough economics to know that my personal consumption choices make no difference in the situation of oppressed people around the world and that any energy spent patting myself on the back about drinking live algae is better spent earning money that I can contribute to grassroots groups I believe in or engaging in issue-focused, goal-oriented groups myself. Cafe Gratitude is not an agent of change, it is a business that serves a certain niche and promotes a culture that its managers seem to believe is positive.

I am mostly disturbed that commenters here talk about the restaurant's culture and tactics as if they are unique. Most major corporations employ longstanding psychological techniques to squelch unions, use ingredients that are known to be addictive, and have a company culture that they promote. Why is your boss asking you to sign up for their "transformative thinking" group any different from your boss asking you to buy Christmas cookies for their kids' soccer team, attend a diversity training or read a book about Six Sigma? If you believe workers are susceptible to oppression and businesses are doing rotten things, get active and support groups with a goal to change this, not businesses with the stated goals of "celebrating aliveness" and "honoring the earth."

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Posted by Laura on 08/11/2009 at 2:40 PM

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