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On Saturday I posted a piece on the Pebble Mine.  Here is one of the comments on what I wrote—the commenter takes me to task for consulting to the EKATI Diamond mine, while questioning the need for and the practicality of opening the Pebble Mine.  First the comment and then my reply, which is an extended essay on the morality & ethics of diamond mining. (more…)

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Rossini: Il Barbiere di Siviglia / Florez, DiDonato, ROH, Pappano [DVD]  In search of a morality of mining, I have this week read the following and listened to the following:

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Don Carlo is the grandest of grand opera.  You are hit in the guts by the power of the music.  You are assailed by the story:  the horrors of theocracy and the glories of friendship and love.  You shudder at parental deceit and despair at the folly of youth.  You grow angry at the logic of the priests.  And you must cry during the most daring and poignant scene in all opera, the denunciation and burning of the heretics.  Thank the gods we live in a seeming free society. And have opera to guide us in making mining-related decisions in situations of conflict of values.

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Bottle cap braceletIs ethical jewelry possible?  Just because the gold or silver is recycled, does that make it ethical?  Just because the gemstone has been used before, does that extirpate opprobrium that may cling to its origin?

I fail to understand how using recycled mined materials makes one iota of difference to the ethical nature of a mined material.  No amount of reuse can change the ethical nature of a material.  Afterall ethics does not reside in the material as an inherent property. The ethics is in the mind of the user of the gold.  And while the mind of the ethical jeweler may be able to view recycled gold as ethical, to me that is no more than a sleigh of hand, sleigh of mind subterfuge.

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