Every once in a while you have an experience that profoundly changes something about how you view the world. The sort of thing that, once experienced, cannot be "un-experienced".
I had such an experience in 1982 when I spent a summer studying in Europe. Once I viewed my home country from a distance, through the eyes of others, I could never quite look at the U.S.A. in exactly the same way I had before.
I'm not saying I wanted to move to Europe or anything, I'm just saying I now saw some things very differently because I had new information.
I had another such experience on January 6th of this year.
While driving cross country I fired up my favorite new app (tune in radio) that lets me listen to my favorite programs from my favorite radio stations no matter where I am. As I frequently drive through patches of what I consider to be "quality radio wasteland" I am LOVING this app. (I have an older minivan so I have to patch my ipad through to my radio using a wireless transmitter device that somes with some static but you can't have everything.)
Which is how I came across the January 6th broadcast of "This American Life" episode 454 "Mr. Daisey And The Apple Factory".
Mike Daisey is a storyteller and this particular story is a doozy.
And hearing his story changed my life.
I can't exactly tell you how yet because I am still processing the information from Mr. Daisey's story. I have a lot of conflicting emotions about it.
But now that I know these things I can never go back to "un-knowing" them.
So I warn you, if you don't want your life changed, don't go listen to this program.
Because you can never "un-listen" to it. And I promise you it will change you on some level - even if you don't want it to.
It's that powerful.
A note: you may have to buy the program in itunes for .99 if you are not listening on your desktop but, rather, on a mobile device. I promise you it's worth it.