Tuesday, December 26, 2006

3 Ways to make the World a Better Place - Colombia

1. Imagine... A world without strangers.

Sometimes we just think of the world as "us" and the "others", but what is the real difference? Every person have problems, needs helps, becomes happy when they receive it, and feel joy when they laugh and smile. I think we need to be more open to so-called "strangers", say hello to someone in the street, smile at other people, help someone out there, think of other people and the impact we can have in the world by making someone's day happier.
In other words... "Hug a stranger, Embrace the world"

2. Care2... Make a difference.

Take the time to do the small things, to take care of the world we live in, to open your eyes to what is happening around the world. All the problems and suffering around the world may seem overwhelming sometimes, and we may not be able to do something by ourselves to change things, but if each one of us did what we could to fight against war, against injustice, hunger, environmental destruction, global warming, animal abuse, etc... we may and we will change things~
Sign a petition, send a letter, turn off the lights, walk the way to the supermarket, reduce the consumism and the garbage, eat healthy, locally and organic whenever you can, help a friend, an animal, the world... Care2!

3. Widening our Circle of Compassion...

...to other creatures that feel pain and sadness just like we do. Whether you call it Animal Rights, Animal Liberation, or whatever, this is not about a group of people imposing a crazy idea in the society. It is just human nature to feel compassion for "others", and thanks to this human quality we have been able to free ourselves from racism, slavery, sexism, or in other words, from thinking that just because we have the power to exploit and injure another living-being then it is right for us to do so. I definitely think that as long as humans think this way, and exploit other creautes, they will exploit other human beings as well just because they are weaker.

"Historically, man has expanded the reach of his ethical calculations, as ignorance and want have receded, first beyond family and tribe, later beyond religion, race, and nation.
"To bring other species more fully into the range of these decisions may seem unthinkable to moderate opinion now. One day, decades or centuries hence, it may seem no more than ‘civilized’ behavior requires."
“What Humans Owe to Animals,” The Economist, 8/19/95

"True human goodness, in all its purity and freedom, can come to the fore only when its recipient has no power.
"Humanity’s true moral test, its fundamental test (which lies deeply buried from view), consists of its attitude towards those who are at its mercy: animals.
"And in this respect humankind has suffered a fundamental debacle, a debacle so fundamental that all others stem from it.”
-Milan Kundera, The Unbearable Lightness of Being, 1984

(quotes taken from http://www.veganoutreach.org)


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