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Author: TMFSquiggly Three stars, 500 posts Old School Fool Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: of 2247  
Subject: Re: Whose Definition? Date: 7/13/2006 11:49 AM
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Bob,

All great questions. One thing I've learned from David Gardner is that SRI is what *you* think it is, not what someone else tells you it is or should be. For that reason, David doesn't believe in investing in SRI funds -- because if you do, you're just buying into someone else's idea of social responsibility, not your own.

I'm totally with you on the tobacco issue, and I also think we'd agree on, say, pharmas that produce abortifacients. I'm a vegetarian because my essentially pro-life view on things spills over into animal welfare. But it also spills over into war (hence, no defense-contractor stocks in my portfolio) and human rights (hence, no stocks that deal with oppressive governments. Try not including any stocks in your portfolio that don't have some kind of connection with China. It's not easy.).

The point is, you have to be comfortable with the stocks you select. Only you know your own conscience. Nobody else can do this for you. Sure, the Fool can help you determine the financial health of the companies you're comfortable with, but beyond the numbers, it's all up to you.

It's not easy to invest based on your conscience, but it IS worth the hard work. Good luck!

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