I come to this blank page overwhelmed with emotion and a drive to make some difference in this world as soon and as quick as possible. Where is this urge that is causing me such anxiety stemming from? Tonight, I had the opportunity to listen to a talk given by Carol Adams. She wrote The Sexual Politics of Meat, is a vegan feminist, and has uprooted emotions within me that, it seems, I often try to subdue.
While Carol Adam’s made a talk on a very specific topic, the idea of “meat-eating” as another form of patriarchy that ties directly into the oppression of women, I was still disturbed on a much larger scale. Recurring trends of oppression, exploitation, and destruction are what the state of our world faces. I’m frustrated, overwhelmed and angry. How can I, a second-year senior in university, make an impact on this world? How can I keep a positive, hopeful outlook?
Patience I suppose. The kind of patience that realizes change cannot and will not be made in an instant or overnight. The kind of patience that is proactive, involved, aware, makes an effort to learn and teach, and above all else, can find hope. I have to remember hope. Remember hope and remember to be determined. Simply believing something good will happen at the hands of some unknown force is not enough and folly. I have a mission as a being capable of thought, reason and empathy to protect the forests, the seas, the soils, the animals, to restore what has been damaged and make strives to work together as a team, with other humans and with nature to make the world a better place.