I often hear from people that they feel overwhelmed by the poverty and violence of modern life.
We are certainly living in difficult and challenging times. But that does not mean that we cannot make a difference. We can.
Here are three suggestions to help you to celebrate peace this holiday season:
First, don’t consume. Take the money that you plan to spend on acquiring more junk that you don’t need and give that money to someone or to a family who needs help in these very difficult times. Or use that money to provide vegan food or non-wool blankets to those at a local Occupy site.
Second, if you are not vegan, go vegan and stop eating, wearing, or consuming animal products. There is no justification for it. And spend a portion of each day engaged in creative, non-violent vegan education. Educational efforts can take many different forms.
Third, adopt a homeless animal. There are so many who need you. If you do not have the room or resources for a dog or cat, adopt a hamster, rabbit, or fish. There is a nonhuman refugee out there who will fit with your life. And if you adopt one (or more), you will not only save the life of another, but you will enrich your own life immeasurably.
Gary L. Francione
Professor, Rutgers University
©2011 Gary L. Francione