With disgust we speak about a people. With contempt we speak about a country, whereas we need to aim the arrows at their leaders.
We worry about our next holiday, while half the world is on fire.
We talk about left or right as it is it the one and only truth.
I yell at her, like I am the one who’s throwing bombs.
But I only defend my kingdom, my overgrown garden of thoughts.
As she is protecting hers.
We all live in our bubble.
It’s true, I like to be around like-minded people.
Men and women, who share somewhat the same values.
Idealists with dreams, talking and doing, who are not afraid of change.
Admit they were wrong before, and can change their minds if they have to.
As we are evolving humans.
Those who know we should rather hold back and not always give ourselves priority. In our consumption, flying, travelling, living, polluting, having children. Our industry everywhere. This isn’t a step backwards, but a step forwards.
Men and women, who know that simplify our lives is easier than we are supposed to think.
I still hear myself saying to an Ibizan yogi that veganism is extreme, but meanwhile I admired a friend for being one.
No, I’d rather stay vegetarian and allow myself the pleasure of a pink piece of salmon in a beachy restaurant if I want to. That was my excuse for a long time. Or the tasty Spanish sheep cheese. I just needed to have that every now and then.
Now I understand veganism doesn’t mean sacrifice, but to me it means a richer life. A fuller life, because I’m complety aware I’m a part of a larger whole. I feel interconnected. I am not the only one with interests.
I don’t want to be the cause of suffering. I couldn’t stand by anymore. I couldn’t turn a blind eye to the animal holocaust, normalized by our culture.
We need a political and cultural change if we want the keep the natural world alive – if we want to live on this planet. To rewild our world, changes must be radical. We can wait for our governments to act, but if we -for example- see the amount of livestock won’t shrink, big agriculture being in control, the production of meat still on the rise, and as a result deforestation everywhere, we need to change ourselves.
There’s still no political desire of governments to drastically reduce the amount of livestock, to end this miserable, polluting and wrong industry, and to stop the intense suffering of animals. Commercial interests always have priority. Farmers who feel trapped in a wrong system and take their lives, as it is the only way out.
Until governments finally have the guts to make radical changes to protect our natural world and environment, we have to step away of this fear to change and be our own change. Fear to change paralyses and nothing happens.
Meanwhile, we can be change-makers. You and I, let’s be one.
“Make a difference about something other than yourselves.” ~ Toni Morrison
Art work: Vanessa Rose Graham