Thursday, February 21, 2013
The Gift Shop Test
The Gift Shop Test has helped me to understand the mission and purpose of many organizations -- from the Jenks Aquarium to the Oklahoma City Zoo. The retail display of books and trinkets and souveniers in the gift shop can reveal a lot about the organizational culture that it supports.
I mean, it is all very fine for an organization to define its purpose in reports and proclamations, charters and constitutions. But, if you really want to know what message an organization wants you to drive home with, the gift shop will tell.
And so, for all those UN Skeptics -- for the conspiracy theorists and those who doubt the UN's commitment to human rights -- here is the most tangible evidence I can give you to demonstrate the resoluteness and purposefulness of the United Nations with regard to the protection of individual property rights.
It is a refrigerator magnet. (See the image above).
I have one of these magnets on my refrigerator at home. You can have one, too, for only $3.95 plus shipping and handling.
This is the lodestone of persuasion -- the retail confirmation of a commitment that was first expressed by the United Nations on December 10, 1948 (when the UN General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights).
The refrigerator magnet is a symbol and a reminder of the UN's continuing investment in efforts to defend the human rights of indigenous people, women, religious minorities, people with disabilities, and all people throughout the world -- regardless of wealth or status.
The conspiracy theorists like to complain that "Agenda 21" is a UN-inspired plot to take away our right to protection under the law.
But, then, how do they explain this magnet on my refrigerator?