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The more involved I become in the animal rights movement- the more I realize just how little I have in common with the people in my life anymore. I try not to dwell on our differences, but I find it gets harder and harder to interact with people who see no worth in the creatures I love and fight for.
They say things that not only offend me, but break my heart. I hear things like "They're called Livestock for a reason" & "Animals are made to be eaten", and it enrages me that even though these people I call friends are informed, and aware- they continue on with this mindset. Their lack of empathy towards other creatures is so appalling that I find it hard to interact with them anymore.
I've tried, I have really tried to be a positive example and show them in a kind way that animals are not here for us to use as we please, that they are not ours to decide whether they live or die- but I feel as though I'm talking to a wall.
A brick wall of apathy, cruelty, and false comforts.
Because of this, I find myself becoming more and more isolated from people. I see them, and I see the culprits behind the pain, abuse and cruelty that I fight against on a daily basis; at times it feels as though I am at war with the world.
When My eyes were opened to the truth- the inevitable horrors that all consumers of animal products contribute to, I could not bear another day knowing I was a part of such horrendous and despicable crimes against animals.
When I learned the realities of the meat and dairy industries- I changed immediately. I knew that the purpose of my life was to protect and fight for the animals I love at all costs.
So, when others see and hear the truth as I did- why don't they change? Why is the connection not made? I find it so hard to grasp this.
It makes no sense to me why the facts do not shake people to their core and bring them into the light. They have eyes that see and ears that hear and yet they remain in the dark.
Is it ignorance? I cannot say. While people seem intellectual in a variety of ways- they continue to live in a way so hazardous and evil, it makes me question what intelligence really is.
Could it be that people simply don't care? Could my own species be so selfish and greedy that the suffering of other beings means nothing to them? I find that quite possible.
Or maybe it is fear? Fear of change. Fear of acknowledging the way of life one has become accustomed to, has really been the sole source of pain and anguish for those who are the most innocent on this planet. Perhaps this fear of truth is what makes people turn a blind eye. Maybe people find that it's easier to remain unaware and sightless instead of confronting their wrongs and making a change.
These possibilities are all excuses in my eyes. Poor justifications for living a life that is sustained by taking the lives of others. It's simply not something I can tolerate any longer. I cannot sit idly by with a painted smile on my face as the people around me willingly partake in death and destruction.
I am angry. I am ashamed. And most of all I am disappointed.
At times, these feelings are so strong it makes it very difficult to even be near other people.
Am I wrong to feel this? Am I a bad person to think so lowly of my fellow species?