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There are animal welfare vegans and animal only-fight-against-other-vegans abolitionist vegans. V-EGANISM is neither. Just as there are positive things and negative things about conservatives and liberals, there are positive things and negative things about welfarists and abolitionists. V-EGANISM avoids all 4 "political parties", and remains as an independent in thoughts and actions, only choosing what is right and just for animals, humans, and the environment. V-EGANISM however does have a mission statement which is how the founder of veganism, Donald Watson, originally coined the word's definition. It was a perfect definition then and it still is a perfect definition now! So the following paragraph is V-EGANISM's official Mission Statement--and nothing more, nothing less, we are simply called, "Vegan Activists", with no additives:

"V-EGANISM educates people and helps people and animals regarding the political and social justice cause, Veganism, which is a philosophy and way of living which seeks to exclude--as far as is possible and practical--all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals for food, clothing, cosmetics, household products, entertainment, service or any other purpose; and by extension, promotes the development and use of animal-free alternatives for the benefit of humans, animals, and the environment."

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Thursday, May 30, 2013

"If you're the smartest one in the room, you're in the wrong room."

The title and photo quote of my blog has been around for awhile.

Surrounding ourselves with people smarter than we are, meaning, people who are better at something than we are, has several advantages:

1. The people are always interesting.

2. We can always learn something from them.

3. We avoid an inflated ego.

4. When we hang out with people who are already where we want to be, we are inspired, encouraged and motivated toward our own goals.

This message really resonated with me today, especially in regards to Animal Rights. When I visit animal rights sites or when I'm hanging out with animal rights people, I find myself being the "teacher", the motivator; it wouldn't be so bad if they felt inspired by me, but I don't think they do. Most of the animal rights people I've met are too complacent, too apathetic to really, truly care about the plight of animals, and it shows in their minimalist actions. Actually, I find such people bringing me down!

I love the part of the intro of an animal rights podcast that says "You know that you can do better than that."

Minimalist animal rights people seem to know this but simply don't care to do better.

We all can do better for the animals and I want to be around people smart enough to not only realize that but do check themselves from time-to-time to make sure they are doing better--I do all the time. I want to be motivated to do more for animals as I motivate others as well.

I don't want to be the smartest person in the room, but I don't care to be the dumbest person in the room either, where no one learns from me. Ideally, I would like to be in a room where there's a partnership of we educate each other, we comfort each other and motivate and inspire each other. A room where we both contribute something to the vegan table.

I will be on the lookout for such "rooms"--online and offline--where we are all on the same page and can learn from each other.

1 comment:

  1. I've never heard that quote before, but I love it! Unfortunately, it tells me that every job I've ever had was in the wrong room - ha ha. But I agree with you - I much prefer to be around people with intelligent, original ideas and thoughts, instead of people who are simply repeating what they hear on TV (particularly Fox news!). I want the people around me to tell me something I don't know, or something I haven't considered before. If we stop learning, we stagnate.