When I decided to go vegan almost four years ago, I felt confident in my decision because I knew that the impact of my choice was going to be positive. In a search for a lifestyle that could be good both for myself and for the living beings around me, I knew I was making the right decision.
In the past year, I’ve experienced a major personal growth spurt which often felt quite painful, but in the end (or at least right now, since I don’t believe there will ever be an end to this growth) I knew that this change was for the better. I couldn’t simply stand by looking at the major shifts in the way our society was thinking, talking and operating. I was brought to my knees by the big waves of change crashing against us, but when I rose, I didn’t see things the same way I used to. Furthermore, I knew I couldn’t act the same way as I did before.
I’m well aware of the fact that most of the readers of my blog don’t come here for political op-eds, but at the same time, I believe that for an online writer with at least some following, staying silent about the ongoing negative changes in our society is going to be tone deaf, to say the least.
As a vegan, I believe in treating all living beings, human or not, with dignity and respect. Since the change of hands at the ruling top in the US, my heart is breaking every time I hear about new executive orders or law proposals that will provide major disadvantages to the animal rights, the humanity and the environment. The database of animal welfare violations has been deleted from the the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) records. Any mentions of climate change or LGBTQ rights have been removed from the official White House website (last checked this on Feb. 20th). The Dakota Access and Keystone XL pipelines have received a green light for their completion. The regulation that prevented dumping coal mining debris into waterways has been repealed. The list goes on…
Regardless of where our beliefs stand on the political spectrum, it is hard to deny that the future of the environment is looking quite alarming.
I understand that not everyone can identify with every issue stirred in our society by the current presidential administration (although I am absolutely not saying that issues we don’t identify with are somehow less important). But if you are reading my blog, then chances are, you may at least have some interest in veganism, animal rights, environmental protection, etc. It’s not just a mere possibility that shit may potentially hit the fan sometime in the future – it’s hitting the fan right now as you’re reading these words. Even a year ago I didn’t think that I’d ever be scared for the life conditions that the future generations (including the children that I hope to bring into this world one day) will have to deal with. This is why I am not going to remain silent.
It’s easy to get discouraged to fight the injustice when you feel like you’re the army of one. But I know that due to the actual things happening in our society right now, I simply can’t afford to stay silent. As an immigrant who’s personally battled with the current state of the US immigration system, I am going to remember every stumbling block I tripped over in my journey. Even though I’m in a much better place now than I was when I first arrived in the US almost eleven years ago, I will never turn my back on other immigrants who are struggling now. I am going to do my best in being an ally to people of color and the LGBTQ folks, even though I may never fully understand their struggle as a straight white female. I am going to speak up against the injustice to humans, animals and the environment when I see it, even if it results in loss of friendships, online followers, blog subscribers, etc.
I’ll also admit that my immigrant past has cemented the feeling of fear in my heart – a fear that still prevents me from being extra bold in my words and actions. Because of this fear, I may not be out in the streets participating in protests, but in my heart I know that even a quiet form of support of the oppressed is still better than nothing. This is why I’ve decided to fight patriarchy with its own tools, literally putting my money where my mouth is. Every month, I’m going to donate a quarter of the proceeds from the ads you see on my blog, affiliate marketing (when you click on various product links on my blog, mainly for Amazon.com, and make a purchase), etc., to various organizations that genuinely aim to protect and improve lives of the oppressed humans and non-humans. I made my first donation at the end of January, and I intend to continue for as long as I can.
Whether or not you’re on board with my decision, I appreciate that you took the time to read this post. If you decide to stand with me and with my blog – thank you! I promise to be gentle with the content I’ll be publishing, and I’ll do my best to continue bringing to you the info on vegan diet and lifestyle, exercise tips, recipes, etc. After all, we need positive things in our lives these days like never before.
If you choose to help me make my monthly donations bigger at no extra cost to you, feel free to stop by the blog more often! Read some tips on veganism and health, see my marathon training journal, cook a few recipes, be my guest! And of course, I’ll appreciate if you do your Amazon.com shopping via the side banner here on the site (let me know if any of this sounds confusing!).
Anyway, thank you for reading, and may your conscience be as clear as the sky on a bright summer day!
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