Sunday, September 11, 2011

When regrets outnumber hopes...

...so the saying goes, then you are old.

I'm old.

I have something like 5,326 regrets and only a few hopes. My regrets are too numerous to specify and I only have one hope that I choose to share.

I hope enough humans begin living as ethical vegans in time to prevent the transformation of this planet into a poisoned desert surrounded by polluted seas populated only by human animals and those few sorts of sentient beings that human animals believe profitable to exploit and kill.

We behave despicably and have done so for thousands of years, my hope is that we stop and the only way to begin to stop is to live as an ethical vegan.

We must begin to acknowledge and embrace the natural world that we are part of and live as good and just members of that community. We must relinquish our childish and willful view of the planet and everything on it as a "resource".

We must.

Not because it is the only thing that will save us (even though it is) but because we have no right to destroy the other beings on this planet or to destroy the environments which those other beings need to survive. I commend Gary Yourofsky and his excellent video where he talks about this evilness in which we are engaged.

The terrible thing is, my hope is...in fact...our only hope.

13 comments:

A Diary of an Animal Lover said...

I'm glad we share the same hopes. I'm taking solace in the fact that there are lots of us who feel the same, and we ARE beginning to get our message across.

It'll happen I'm certain

X

D.E.M. said...

Take solace, yes, take solace: there are many of us fighting for this planet and its creatures.
I just spent the weekend doing exactly that. More later when I can tell you more :)

veganelder said...

Thank you for commenting DOAAL. I'm with you in hoping that it does happen...and I treasure your certainty.

veganelder said...

Thank you for commenting DEM. I look forward to your elaboration...thank you for all you do for Earth and her children.

D.E.M. said...

Laughed out loud at your comment on my blog, re. applying for funding from Manitoba Pork to study vegetarianism. Don't give me ideas!!
Happy Monday. Try to fight those blues. I mean, I know exactly how you feel, but sometimes it feels less hopeless than others. Even hopeful maybe ? ;)

veganelder said...

Thank you for commenting DEM.

Hmmm, I guess the post sounded grimmer than I actually am. I don't mean I'm playing the banjo and singing a happy song or anything but I was just writing how I see it. Thank you for the cheering message.

Obviously I'm not that optimistic but neither do I think that me being prostrate with horror is going to accomplish much. Many things are horrible but if I get paralyzed by that...my cat will kick my ass for not getting his food. :-)

Have Gone Vegan said...

Some days my hope is that others have more hope than I do. :(

veganelder said...

Thanks for commenting HGV. That's one of the best and most meaningful phrases I've seen in a long time. Wonderfully expressed...thank you again.

Christina said...

I look for the hope all the time but I dont know. As long as humans hold the survival of the fittest mentality..... and the thinking that the earth and all her gifts belong to us instead the other way around...

veganelder said...

Thank you for commenting Christina. Yeah, we've some notions that need adjusting.

Traveller said...

Great posting ! I agree, when you say we think it is "normal" to see dead beings lying on the road, etc. Though, if those beings were human,then, perhaps their deaths would be taken more seriously.
I also enjoyed The Mighty Quinn! :)

veganelder said...

Thank you for commenting Traveller. We do take our on sufferings and deaths seriously, we do need to take the suffering and deaths of other animals just as seriously.

Quinn is a smile bringer isn't he?

Bea Elliott said...

Hope is the one thing I cling to too. I know once it's gone there's nothing left...

No, it doesn't look promising - And yet... There's a noticeable push-back. There are questions, answers and discussions that exist now that weren't there before. There's a hint of an awakening... I think it's hope that always lets that one beam shine through. And if enough of us have it and share it... All possibilities stay alive!

My faith... or hope is always that right makes might - And if it is otherwise - it was all hopeless from the start. We all have a bunch of reasons that are wrapped in skin, feathers, fur and bark that tell us differently. They are all worth being hopeful for.