Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Is this how it's supposed to be?

I have a Chic-Fil-A near my home, but I've never been there.  I hear they are customer-friendly and it's sort of like a cult of chicken eaters that go into them.  You're greeted and treated like you are something special, even though what you really want is a fried chicken sandwich.

Lately, their CEO has come out against gay marriage (and other gay things) and the backlash has been measurable.  So much so, that there have been Twitter and (I hear) Facebook posts decrying the company and its stance against the gay thing.

Is this what we want?  Do you want to base your life on what the people in charge of companies think of your lifestyle choices? If so, then maybe you should go about interviewing the CEO of every company that you do business with and how each of them deals with every lifestyle choice that comes across their desk.

I'd guess that you would wind up farming your own food, flushing your own toilet into your own backyard cesspool, manufacturing your own clothing from your own handmade loom and drinking your homemade beer from the bathtub that you built from materials that you mined from your backyard sand pit.

That is to say, you can't control what everyone thinks and you can't purchase things from those people who believe what you believe. If you could, it would be a shallow world of products that you have researched and made decisions about based on the political viewpoints of the CEO's in charge of their companies.

You would be so busy doing research that you would wind up doing without toilet paper, cat litter, beverages and food to the point that your life would be so filled with hate-induced choice that you wouldn't be living - you would be choosing based on some politically-induced world that you manufactured.

It's not so much about Chic-Fil-A as it is about your anger over whether you can choose with whom you align yourself.  Here's a clue:  In the world of retail, you cannot.

So, get a grip.  Order a sandwich. Enjoy what you consume and leave the politics to the politicians.
You will be happy.

3 comments:

susan said...

I like the local Chic fil a

The sandwiches are good, and the restrooms are so clean.

I don't care about the politics. Just give me a chicken sandwich.

How many people who are pro-choice boycott Domino's because the owner is pro life?
Why don't we boycott Monsanto for making GMO food?

I did boycott a certain tuna company back when I was a teenager because they were not using dolphin safe tuna. They are now. So that was a good boycott I guess.

Anthony said...

There are several Chic-fil-A's near me. I've never been to one. Not for political reasons, though.

People protest for dolphin-safe tuna. Why doesn't anybody ever protest for the tuna?

Society spends a lot of energy with junk like this. I never see a company refuse service to someone who goes against their political views. Chic-Fil-A doesn't refuse to serve homosexuals. They just want their money, and it's all green.

Grey said...

I think we should sorta step out foot down within reason...if we left and ignored everything anti-largegroups could become a norm, and we in no way want to condone that. atleast i do not