As an activist, I have those moments where living in the world with the knowledge I possess is difficult. I would never call myself suicidal, but sometimes the things I see on a daily basis make me so sad I almost lose faith in humanity. But then something magical happens and I remember why I keep on keeping on. Maybe a seed I planted years ago turns into a blossoming tree. Someone I talked to about veganism at some point is now a vegan activist. This has happened more than once in my life and I’m sure most vegans have several stories about someone to whom they’ve been able to get through.
Some people think it’s a waste of time to save a few lives when billions are slaughtered every year, but it does make a difference. One life matters. One beautiful cow who lives out her life at a sanctuary can touch so many lives and inspire countless people to advocate for her and her sisters and brothers, not to mention she gets to live a life with love. I think most people who meet her or even see a picture of her would agree that her life is worth living and celebrating.
Everything we do does make a difference. Don’t lose faith. What we do matters and even if we don’t see the changes we desire in our lifetimes, we are planting seeds. Someday the seeds will sprout and grow and people will wake up and see that the biggest problems we have on our planet are created by us. Change is inevitable. Go forth with love and keep watering those seeds.