Friday, June 22, 2007

The Ethically-Produced Laptop (finale)

Aha! Some closure!

Scott has purchased a used laptop. You can read about his ethical reasoning here and follow our searches for vendors here and here.

I am still searching for mine, but the presumed-to-be-dying HP laptop has stopped chirping like a squirrel, so we're temporarily okay.

In my head, I have been preparing a long post about ethical decision making leading with the Purity Test. Yes, the Purity Test. Do you remember it from college? It's totally adolescent in the worst way, but sort of fun.

However, I know that most (if not all) of you read at work, and I didn't really want anyone to mark their sexual decisions on their work computer (I'm looking out for you!) and click calculate for a purity value. That would not be wise.

In All or Nothing thinking, you are either right or wrong (black or white, pure or impure). But the purity test is demonstrates that "purity" is composed of hundreds of decisions. Of course, the purity test has nothing to do with "purity," but with sexual experience and variety. But it is an example of a shift away from All or Nothing thinking. That's important to ethical decision making.

In order to buy an ethically-produced laptop, Scott and I have to make decisions about what our (separate) values are and how to fulfill those values in the marketplace. There's no right choice, no wrong choice, just a series of decisions about values. So, bravo, Scott!