|Sent on:||Sunday, June 22, 2014 11:02 AM|
This was written by a person in Facebook world I don’t even know but, as I read it, I couldn’t help but think about how applicable it is for so many situations we face. I hope it will help others as it helped me when I read it:
"When I was 18, I became a Vegan, jumped right in full force. It was because of lambs, which oddly enough is an animal I've never eaten, but I couldn't imagine ever doing so and that led me down the path of Animal Rights. I helped form a local AR group. We did protests, leafleting, local radio & tv interviews. I had my first arrest with my sister at 18 and her 15 at the Detroit Auto Show. We handcuffed ourselves to a GM revolving prototype to protest their use of pigs as crash test dummies. From there I went to work for PETA. I have lost track of how many times I've been arrested, chained myself to things, how many streets I've laid down in the middle of. I have a FBI record and I've done jail time.
I tell you all this for a purpose.
For many years I was militant, self-righteous, beyond passionate. Unless someone towed the exact same line as me there was something wrong with them. Why couldn't they do better? Be better? I could not comprehend. Passion, unfortunately, often leads to judgment.
I am now 43. My devotion to the cause is no less, guess it wasn't a phase or fad I was going through. Lol. But what has changed is my view of people who are not as "devoted" as me. I have looked closer at human nature, examined myself and really thought about what my goal for AR is. Is my goal to be the most devoted? Or is my goal to make the most impact? The two are not the same.
Not much has changed in the AR movement in 25 years and this breaks my heart. We fight ourselves more than we fight for the cause. STOP IT!
Stop pushing away your allies simply because they are not you.
Our problem is not Susie who has a pet chicken named Henrietta who lives a pampered long natural life, but Susie takes one of her eggs now and again.
Our problem is not Jimmy who eats Great Aunt Alice's cake once a year that has milk in it.
Our problem is not Karen who still wears her leather shoes she bought before she understood leather was a cow.
Our problem is not Sam who calls himself a "mostly vegan " because he still eats honey.
You know what our problem is?
Dog breeders\puppy mills and the 4 million dogs killed in the US annually simply because they are homeless.
Classroom dissection of frogs, pigs, cats, rats.
Laboratory animal testing.
Circuses and zoos.
The mass slaughter of cows, pigs, chickens, lambs, rabbits, lambs, etc. for food.
Anal electrocution and trapping of animals for fur.
Should I go on?
THESE are our problems. THESE are what unite us. THESE are what we need to focus on, together, to overcome.
Stop looking at our differences and start using our similarities to make a difference, make an impact.
If we continue down this path we are on, we will never succeed. Every one of us needs to look inside, look past our egos and work together from our strengths. Because right now, as we stand, we don't have to worry about our enemies destroying us, we will destroy each other."