For those of you who don’t know (and many don’t), there is a new bill in Congress called the Safe Cosmetics Act of 2010. It sounds benign enough – helpful, even, right? Who doesn’t want safe cosmetics? Who wouldn’t like to see the products on the store shelves healthier and devoid of nasty chemicals?
That would be nice. It really would.
But the Safe Cosmetics Act is not going to do this for us.
There are dozens of reasons why I oppose this act, and you can read a few here: Like how it will increase animal testing or how it will unduly burden small business owners and you can even read an overview of the impact it will have to small businesses (who are traditionally more caring and safe in the way they formulate their cosmetics) here at the Indie Beauty Network.
I don’t want to talk about any of that, though. I want to talk about the one thing no one else seems to touch on. Maybe it’s base. Maybe it’s understood. But this is why I oppose the SCA.
Look at the state of our country. Just look at it. Seriously. Ashambles. Half of you can argue that it’s government’s fault, and half of you can argue that it’s the free market’s fault, but I’m here to tell you right now: It’s our fault.
It’s our fault because we allowed government to do what it did for decades. It’s our fault because we didn’t take personal responsibility for the things we bought and the way we “voted” with our dollars. We bought into ideas and lies, because it was easier than finding the truth for ourselves.
We are responsible.
We always have been. But because we were responsible, we always had the power to change it. And we still do.
Our health and wellness does not depend on government making choices for us, babysitting our decisions, policing our actions. We need no more oversight and laws and policing. We are, as a whole and at our core, caring, rational, thoughtful people. We change the world every day – for the better – without the government telling us we have to.
Technology has opened up a new world of information to all of us, with which we can make sound, thoughtful decisions. The government needn’t do that for us. We can research, we can communicate, we can get to know the people we buy our products from, and we can understand the ingredients in those products (knowing, always, that the closer to nature you go, the healthier you will be).
Consider the stellar documentary, Food, Inc. Towards the end, what happened at WalMart? A company known and widely reviled for their unsavory business practices started offering organic foods. Many organic foods. Why? Because that’s what consumers wanted to buy. Period.
Every single purchase we make is a vote on how we want to see the world run. We have the power to change things. It’s by making well-informed, conscious purchases, making the products we can, and talking to each other about why we’re doing what we’re doing.
That is one very powerful and significant way to change the world.
Not handing over more control to the (inept and oft misguided) government. We are responsible. We’re not children. We are rational, critically thinking adults who can make products appear and disappear JUST BY DESIRING THEM.
The reason I get riled up about this is because I’m a giant champion of personal responsibility. It’s not a scary thing – it’s a freedom thing. The moment you take personal responsibility for your own situation and your own health is the moment you’re truly free. Relying on someone else to make your decisions for you – whether it be government, businesses, or even your spouse – is the moment you slip into victim mentality. Hand over your responsibility, and you’re no longer accountable for what happens to you.
I oppose the SCA for many reasons, but the biggest, and most important, is that I’M TIRED OF PEOPLE TELLING ME I SHOULD FEEL LIKE A VICTIM.
There is an organic cosmetics and skincare shop here in Manitou Springs called Salus. The owners are two of the most kind and genuine people you could ever meet. They’ve overcome a lot of really heavy stuff in their lifetimes – and they have a very personal reason for creating safe, healthy cosmetics. I trust them. I trust their products. I would put my life in their hands – these people I’ve grown to genuinely care about – far sooner than I’d put it in a corporation’s hands.
This bill, this legislation, could potentially put them out of business.
Why should we risk that? Eradicating the Saluses of the world, to put the power of choice into the hands of the government? They don’t know me. They don’t know Elissa and Jerell Klaver of Salus. They don’t know you. And they sure don’t know what’s best for all of us.
Only we know that.
Because we’re powerful. We’re smart. And we’re perfectly capable of making our own choices, decisions, and purchases.
We can vote – with our dollars. We can talk to each other. We can share ideas and knowledge. And that way, we will change the world.
Starting with the cosmetics industry.
If, after finding out more about the SCA, you would like to oppose it, please click here to sign the petition.
If you would like to read more on the SCA and why you might support it, you can read this website.
You might also note that at the above website is the video I posted some time ago called The Story of Cosmetics. I still applaud the video, because it raises awareness, even if others call it “scare tactics”. However, after watching it several times, I realized one very important thing. Through the majority of the video, they trash-talked the government and its handling of corporate interest. Yet, at the end of the video, they encourage you to hand over more control to the government. Backwards thinking, at best.
What are your thoughts? Are you ready to take personal responsibility for the purchases you make, based on the ingredients in products? Or do you feel like you need the government to regulate your choices for you?