The Mattel Toy Recall
Since this is our blog, we’re going to use it today to make an observation outside our normal limits. This post has virtually nothing to do with politics but rather the general ideology of our time.
Several years ago, there was a problem with tanker trucks and legislation had to be enacted to prevent truckers who carried hazardous materials from carrying anything else. You see, a surprising number of truckers were hauling hazardous chemicals one way and orange juice the other, with a just simple rinse between trips. The fact that laws had to be made to make this activity illegal is appalling to us. When does common sense and plain human decency come into play?
What reminded us of this scenario was a story about the quandary Mattel now faces with the volume of recalled Chinese toys tainted with lead. (Read the story.)
To risk contaminating ground water if they are sent to a landfill is unbelievable. Worse to us is the fact that many of the toys may end up in thrift stores – sent there either by Mattel or by parents who purchased the toys from a retail outlet and now just want them out of reach of their own children. That these toys could find their way into the homes of poor kids whose parents shop at thrift stores because their income is low is unconscionable – whether on the part of Mattel or another parent.
We watch our “leaders” act without conscience or integrity and rage at their behavior. What does the tanker episode or now the recalled toy disposal say about the rest of us? We forget sometimes that we’re all in this together – and if each and every one of us doesn’t take a stand for personal integrity, we deserve what we get!