Posts Tagged ‘Earthlings’

Universe Closed

Life is meant to be lived. Wholeheartedly and unabashedly. We only get one shot here on this crazy planet, and we owe it to ourselves and our fellow earthlings to make our one shot count.

Maybe there is no point to all of this. In the grand scheme, we’re just a bunch of chunks of carbon and water in the vast universe. There is no grand purpose, fate, destiny, karma, or any other grand schemata that will make meaning for us. We have to make our own meaning.

In our day to day choices, in our own ways, in our outrageous acts and everyday rebellions, in our words, in our purchases, we make meaning. We craft our purpose daily. It doesn’t just happen; it has to be sought after and fought for.

Start a feminist book club. Protest outside your local town hall. Write a manifesto. Go vegan. Make music. Do something, anything, that shouts to the universe, “I’m here, and I matter!”

Make your mark on this world, Radigans. You’re going to die someday, maybe even today. Don’t waste a day in this beautiful and terrible world. Make every day count.

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I finally made it through this truly horrifying documentary today, taking breaks to cry and regroup periodically.  Earthlings is about the treatment of animals in the pet trade, on factory farms, in rodeos and circuses, in laboratories, in the clothing industry, and on fur farms.  These creatures deserve to have their story told, and we should change our habits to minimize the suffering of other animals in the future.

No creature deserves to suffer and die for food, clothing, entertainment, or science.  I think many of us feel this on some level, even before a vegan awakening.  We swerve to avoid hitting a squirrel in the road.  We are gentle with the pets in our lives.  We need to extend our compassion to other creatures.  We need to put a face to the flesh.

Gloria Steinem once said that, “The truth will set you free.  But first it will piss you off.”  Applied to veganism, first the truth will break your heart.  What you do with that truth, as a consumer and citizen, is what can change our world.  What do you do when you see something like this?  I felt the need to share it with others.  I also feel compelled to make some delicious vegan food.  I recently purchased Veganomicon and Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World. I am going to make vegan sushi and cupcakes, to eat tonight and to bring to work tomorrow, respectively.

Earthlings of the world, unite!