misanthropy

philanthropy

dressmaking & tailoring

Money is time, and time is money
What label tells you the true value?
It makes me want to scratch off this misanthropy
Disguised as charitable philanthropy

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The value of time

We work to earn money. We use that money to pay for clothing, objects, services, or someone’s time. We fail to recognize that in many cases, money is actually just time.

How much would our time cost? By which standards do we decide who deserves how much? Which explanation will we provide for the decision? The job of fabricating clothes is generally categorized as a simple job, does this mean it's not valuable?

Having a clothing-making job at a factory does not equate to prosperity, and sometimes, not even survival. On many occasions, if not most, it is comparable to a form of modern-day slavery. It is not a source of freedom to lead a dignified life. Workers have excessive hours, dangerous conditions to work in, pay below minimum wage (which is already low), and no employment benefits. Where is the value of their time and their work? All of us deserve fair work conditions.

We cover up this reality with sayings like "at least they have a job" or "at the end of the day, someone has to do it" to lessen the responsibility we have for each other. But it's time we see that these are just excuses with philanthropic tones, to avoid taking action and fix the injustices others face.

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Thanks to the decentralization and industrialization of processes, we cannot see the people who suffer for brands to achieve those low costs. It’s very difficult to empathize with others when we are oblivious to their conditions. Unintentionally, we become involved in a system with a misanthropic attitude.

If we ask each garment “Who made you?” we will see that they pass through many human hands before reaching us. From the moment its life as a plant started on the earth's soil, there were other hands that picked it up, hands that helped spin it to form threads, others that wove those threads to form a fabric, hands that worked to dye it, cut it, sew it to form an article of clothing, hands that drove to transport it, and others that sell the pieces in stores. To ask ourselves who made our clothing is an act of rebellion, the first effort to go against the misanthropy that currently fills the commercial world.

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